untoward

  • 1Untoward — Un*to ward, a. [Pref. un not + toward.] [1913 Webster] 1. Froward; perverse. Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Acts ii. 40. [1913 Webster] 2. Awkward; ungraceful. Untoward words. Creech. Untoward manner. Swift. [1913 Webster] 3.… …

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  • 2untoward — [un tō′ərd, untôrd′] adj. [ UN + TOWARD] 1. inappropriate, improper, unseemly, etc. [an untoward remark] 2. not favorable or fortunate; adverse, inauspicious, etc. [untoward circumstances] 3. Archaic stubborn or unruly 4. Obs. awkward; …

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  • 3untoward — [adj1] troublesome adverse, annoying, awkward, contrary, disastrous, disturbing, fractious, hapless, ill starred, inauspicious, inconvenient, indocile, inimical, inopportune, intractable, irritating, luckless, misfortunate, perverse, recalcitrant …

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  • 4Untoward — Un*to ward, prep. [Unto + ward.] Toward. [Obs.] Gower. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5untoward — index adverse (hostile), deplorable, detrimental, disproportionate, inadvisable, inapposite, inappropriate …

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  • 6untoward — (adj.) 1520s, not having inclination (to or for something), also difficult to manage, unruly, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + TOWARD (Cf. toward) …

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  • 7untoward — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unexpected and inappropriate or adverse …

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  • 8untoward — un|to|ward [ ʌntə wɔrd ] adjective not appropriate, usual, or normal: nothing untoward: It s important that nothing untoward should happen during his visit. anything untoward: There was no evidence in the house of anything untoward …

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  • 9untoward — UK [ˌʌntəˈwɔː(r)d] / US [ʌntəˈwɔrd] adjective not suitable, usual, or normal nothing untoward: It s important that nothing untoward should happen during his visit. anything untoward: There was no evidence in the house of anything untoward …

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  • 10untoward — [[t]ʌ̱ntəwɔ͟ː(r)d, AM tɔ͟ː(r)d[/t]] ADJ: pron indef ADJ, ADJ n If you say that something untoward happens, you mean that something happens that is unexpected and causes difficulties. [FORMAL] The surveyor s report didn t highlight anything… …

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  • 11untoward — untowardly, adv. untowardness, n. /un tawrd , tohrd /, adj. 1. unfavorable or unfortunate: Untoward circumstances forced him into bankruptcy. 2. improper: untoward social behavior. 3. Archaic. froward; perverse. [1520 30; UN 1 + TOWARD] * * * …

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  • 12untoward — un|to|ward [ˌʌntəˈwo:d US ˌʌnˈto:rd] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: toward obedient (15 18 centuries)] formal unexpected, unusual, or not wanted anything/nothing untoward ▪ I walked past but didn t notice anything untoward …

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  • 13untoward — adjective anything /nothing untoward formal something or nothing that is unexpected, unusual, or not wanted: We walked past the house but didn t notice anything untoward …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14untoward — adjective 1) an untoward occurrence Syn: inconvenient, unlucky, unexpected, unforeseen, surprising, unusual; unwelcome, unfavorable, adverse, unfortunate, infelicitous; formal malapropos 2) untoward behavior Syn …

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  • 15untoward — adjective Date: 15th century 1. difficult to guide, manage, or work with ; unruly, intractable 2. a. marked by trouble or unhappiness ; unlucky b. not favorable ; adverse, unpropitious < untoward side effects > …

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  • 16untoward — adjective /ˌʌn.tʊˈwɔːd,ʌnˈtɔɹd,ˌʌn.təˈwɔɹd/ a) Unfavourable, adverse, or disadvantageous. b) Unruly, troublesome. Syn: adverse, disadvantageous, inconvenient …

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  • 17untoward — Synonyms and related words: adverse, annoying, antagonistic, apocalyptic, awkward, bad, baleful, baneful, black, bleak, bodeful, boding, boorish, conflicting, contrary, counter, counteractive, criminal, dark, detrimental, difficult, dire,&#8230; …

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  • 18untoward — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. inconvenient, perverse, troublesome; vexatious; ungraceful, awkward; unfavorable. See adversity, badness. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Inappropriate] Syn. improper, unseemly, unfitting, unwarranted,&#8230; …

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  • 19untoward — un·to·ward || ‚ʌntÉ™ wÉ”rd / wɔːd adj. rebellious; causing trouble, unfortunate; inappropriate, not seemly; unexpected …

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  • 20untoward — adjective unexpected and inappropriate or undesirable. Derivatives untowardly adverb untowardness noun …

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