AskDefine | Define froward

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froward adj : habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition [syn: headstrong, self-willed, willful, wilful]

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from Middle English fro 'away' (as in to and fro) + -ward


(US) IPA: /ˈfroʊwərd/


  1. disobedient, unmanageable, with an evil disposition
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew
      Her only fault,--and that is faults enough,-- / Is, that she is intolerable curst / And shrewd and froward, so beyond all measure, / That, were my state far worser than it is, / I would not wed her for a mine of gold.

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