Definition of untoward in English:

untoward

Pronunciation: /ʌntəˈwɔːd//ʌnˈtəʊəd/

adjective

  • Unexpected and inappropriate or inconvenient:

    ‘both tried to behave as if nothing untoward had happened’
    ‘untoward remarks’
    • ‘The head teachers reported no untoward problems on Friday, with results e-mailed through to the schools on schedule.’
    • ‘The problem becomes more complicated when any untoward incident takes place in the Srinagar city or its vicinity.’
    • ‘He claimed that he went to the flat in August but denied anything untoward took place and he said the second incident was entirely consensual.’
    • ‘Aside from a few bemused looks from passers-by and a few words with the police, nothing untoward happened.’
    • ‘However, the steady, stable nature of the industry means shareholders receive few untoward profit surprises.’
    • ‘People roamed the streets, drove their cars, popped into a cafe for a coffee - nothing visibly untoward or unusual.’
    • ‘People always blame the legal system whenever something untoward happens.’
    • ‘The animals did not show any untoward effect during the trial and post trial phases.’
    • ‘Detectives would also like to hear from anyone who may have noticed anything untoward around the train station at any time.’
    • ‘Besides the huge medical waste, the untoward effects of using antibiotics is increasing rapidly.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, prognostic error may have untoward effects on both patient care and social policy.’
    • ‘Nor, he insists, was there anything odd or untoward about his advocating the break up the United Kingdom while he was a servant of the state.’
    • ‘I assumed this untoward behaviour indicated that we had previously met.’
    • ‘She had been referred for the scan as she has a hearing problem, and the doctor wanted to check that there was nothing untoward going on inside her skull.’
    • ‘A man would be lewd with, or proposition, or tell an untoward joke toward a female.’
    • ‘I myself have felt no untoward effects, other than glowing in the dark and having x-ray vision in one eye.’
    • ‘Any untoward effects appear first in this sensitive age group.’
    • ‘It was the only untoward incident in an otherwise sportingly contested local derby.’
    • ‘She has also proposed, however, that untoward effects may emerge when this blending is absent.’
    • ‘According to the organisers, no untoward incident happened during the five-day exposition.’
    unexpected, unanticipated, unforeseen, unpredictable, unpredicted
    surprising, unusual
    inopportune, untimely, ill-timed, badly timed, mistimed
    inconvenient, awkward, unwelcome, unfavourable, adverse, unfortunate, infelicitous
    inappropriate, unsuitable, inapt
    malapropos
    unseasonable
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Pronunciation:

untoward

/ʌntəˈwɔːd//ʌnˈtəʊəd/