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.’
- ‘This verse shows that the person that is froward in heart comes up with mischief and the person sows discord.’
- ‘The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil; pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth do I hate.’
Late Old English frāward ‘leading away from, away’, based on Old Norse frá (see fro, from).
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