One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person) difficult to deal with; contrary.
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- ‘Atli was the eldest son; a man yielding and soft-natured, easy, and meek withal, and all men liked him well: another son they had called Grettir; he was very froward in his childhood; of few words, and rough; worrying both in word and deed.’
- ‘The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil; pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth do I hate.’
- ‘This verse shows that the person that is froward in heart comes up with mischief and the person sows discord.’
Late Old English frāward ‘leading away from, away’, based on Old Norse frá (see fro, from).
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