• WordNet 3.6
    • adj froward habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Froward Not willing to yield or compIy with what is required or is reasonable; perverse; disobedient; peevish; as, a froward child. "A froward man soweth strife.""A froward retention of custom is as turbulent a thing as innovation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • froward Turned away; turned from: opposed to facing.
    • froward Perversely inclined; wilful; refractory; disobedient; petulant; peevish.
    • froward Marked by or manifesting perverse feeling; ill-natured; ungracious; caustic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Froward frō′ward (Spens.) turned from: self-willed: perverse: unreasonable—opp. to Toward
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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Fro, + -ward,. See Fro, and cf. Fromward
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fra, away, with affix -ward.


In literature:

But now I bid farewell to her forever; Though, when 'twere good and wholesome, I was froward.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
I have this weak and childish frowardness too, I cannot sit up, and yet am loth to go to bed.
"Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions" by John Donne
Another trouble is occasioned by the froward behavior of flowers.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862" by Various
Nothing can be more out of character, or even displeasing, than a froward or too pensive a look.
"A Treatise on the Art of Dancing" by Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
A froward heart shall depart from me; I will not know a wicked person.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
But be not froward because of a first success, nor hope too much from a royal smile.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
Color cannot be indifferent; it is either beautiful and auxiliary to the purposes of the picture, or false, froward, and opposite to them.
"On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
So apt and froward with thy promises, that I believed in thee.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
She and Faith, I foresee, would not get along together, and I could not manage such a froward child.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Who is this froward youth, with his loud and boisterous voice?
"Forgotten Tales of Long Ago" by E. V. Lucas

In poetry:

May sudden justice overtake
And snap the froward pen,
That old and palsied poets shake
Against the minds of men.
"Wild Strawberries" by Robert Graves
May sudden justice overtake
And snap the froward pen,
That old and palsied poets shake
Against the minds of men;
"A Ballad Of Nursery Rhyme" by Robert Graves
O into me, sick, froward,
Yourself you poured;
In all those days and weeks when I
Sat, slept, woke, whimpered, wondered and slept again.
"The Chair" by John Freeman
Oh! we have spoiled her with our praise,
And made her froward, false, and vain;
So that her cold blue eyes disdain
To smile as in the earlier days.
"To June. Written After An Ungenial May" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
So put aside your froward carriage,
And fix your thoughts, whilst yet there's time,
Upon the righteousness of marriage
With some such godly man as I'm.
"A Paraphrase," by Eugene Field
Far different we—a froward race,
Thousands though rich in Fortune's grace
With cherished sullenness of pace
Their way pursue, Ingrates who wear a smileless face
The whole year through.
"A Night Thought" by William Wordsworth