What does untoward mean?

Definitions for untowardʌnˈtɔrd, -ˈtoʊrd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word untoward.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. indecent, indecorous, unbecoming, uncomely, unseemly, untoward(adj)

    not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society

    "was buried with indecent haste"; "indecorous behavior"; "language unbecoming to a lady"; "unseemly to use profanity"; "moved to curb their untoward ribaldry"

  2. adverse, inauspicious, untoward(adj)

    contrary to your interests or welfare

    "adverse circumstances"; "made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions"


  1. untoward(Adjective)

    Unfavourable, adverse, or disadvantageous.

  2. untoward(Adjective)

    Unruly, troublesome.

  3. untoward(Adjective)

    Unseemly, improper.

  4. untoward(Adjective)

    side effects

Webster Dictionary

  1. Untoward


  2. Untoward(adj)

    froward; perverse

  3. Untoward(adj)

    awkward; ungraceful

  4. Untoward(adj)

    inconvenient; troublesome; vexatious; unlucky; unfortunate; as, an untoward wind or accident

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Untoward

    un-tō′ard, adj. not easily guided: froward: awkward: inconvenient—also Untō′wardly.—n. Untō′wardliness.—adv. Untō′wardly.—n. Untō′wardness.

Anagrams for untoward »

  1. drawn out, drawn-out

  2. outdrawn

  3. Drawn out

  4. Drawn-out


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of untoward in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of untoward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. James Kelly:

    A ragged colt may prove a good horse. And so may an untoward slovenly boy prove a decent and useful man.

  2. Joel Ernesto Soto:

    They can come and ask and speak to us. We'll be here waiting, this event was completely fortuitous; there was nothing untoward.

  3. Ruari Ewing:

    Our members take their responsibilities in this area extremely seriously, and were something untoward to be found out by this review, I would be surprised.

  4. Ashley Alder:

    If you react to that by piling more intervention on intervention, you encourage more untoward risk taking and you end up with even greater amount of mis-priced risk.

  5. Charlotte Guttridge:

    Throughout the trip, Otto behaved as a typical tourist - taking pictures, enjoying himself. We had no indication that anything untoward had happened until the airport.

Images & Illustrations of untoward

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Translations for untoward

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • صعب المراسArabic
  • genstridigeDanish
  • desfavorable, adverso, impropio, problemático, desventajosoSpanish
  • déplacé, inopportun, nocif, désavantagieux, ennuyeux, irrégulierFrench
  • անբարենպաստ, անվայելուչ, կամակոր, համառ, ձախորդ, անվայել, անպատշաճ, անհնազանդ, դժբախտArmenian
  • onbetamelijk, vervelend, onregeld, schadelijk, ongunstig, onwelvoeglijkDutch
  • ufinNorwegian
  • неблагоприятныйRussian
  • nevhodnýSlovak

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