Froward Fro"ward, a. [Fro + -ward. See {Fro}, and cf. {Fromward}.] Not willing to yield or compIy with what is required or is reasonable; perverse; disobedient; peevish; as, a froward child. [1913 Webster]

A froward man soweth strife. --Prov. xvi. 28. [1913 Webster]

A froward retention of custom is as turbulent a thing as innovation. --Bacon.

Syn: Untoward; wayward; unyielding; ungovernable: refractory; obstinate; petulant; cross; peevish. See {Perverse}. -- {Fro"ward*ly}, adv. -- {Fro"ward*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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