- (Of a person) Difficult to deal with; contrary.
“My toddler is quite froward when she misses her afternoon nap.”
“Don’t be froward if you can’t figure it out; we’ll work on it together.”
“Our old neighbors were so froward, but we’re friends with the new ones.”
English, 14th century
Why this word?
If you have ever found yourself drawn toward a charismatic or alluring person, you could describe the exact opposite person as froward. This adjective, used to describe a difficult or unpleasant person, comes from the Old English word “frāward,” meaning “leading away from, away.” You’ll want to stay away from froward people.
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