What does untoward mean?

Definitions for untoward
ʌnˈtɔrd, -ˈtoʊrdun·to·ward

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indecent, indecorous, unbecoming, uncomely, unseemly, untowardadjective

    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, untowardadjective

    contrary to your interests or welfare

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


  1. untowardadjective

    Unfavourable, adverse, or disadvantageous.

  2. untowardadjective

    Unruly, troublesome.

  3. untowardadjective

    Unseemly, improper.

  4. untowardadjective

    side effects

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Untowardadjective

    Have to my window; and if she be froward,
    Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward. William Shakespeare.

    The ladies prove averse,
    And more untoward to be won,
    Than by Caligula the moon. Hudibras.

    The rabbins write, when any Jew
    Did make to God or man a vow,
    Which afterwards he found untoward,
    Or stubborn to be kept, or too hard;
    Any three other Jews o’ th’ nation,
    Might free him from the obligation. Hudibras.

    They were a cross, odd, untoward people. South.

    Some men have made a very untoward use of this, and such as he never intended they should. John Woodward.

    Vast is my theme, yet unconceiv’d, and brings
    Untoward words, scarce loosen’d from the things. Thomas Creech.

    Some clergymen hold down their heads within an inch of the cushion; which, besides the untoward manner, hinders them from making the best advantage of their voice. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Untoward


  2. Untowardadjective

    froward; perverse

  3. Untowardadjective

    awkward; ungraceful

  4. Untowardadjective

    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

  2. drawn-out

  3. outdrawn

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  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

Examples of untoward in a Sentence

  1. Red Bull:

    When something like that happens, there's going to be speculation but to me it just looked like a racing accident, kimi's not that kind of driver. I'd be amazed if there was anything untoward behind it.

  2. 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.

  3. Yanzhong Huang:

    The Party wants to make sure nothing untoward, such as a major outbreak, could potentially threaten social stability, shadow the leadership transition process -- and not to mention tarnish Xi's personal leadership credibility.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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Translations for untoward

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  • صعب المراسArabic
  • genstridigeDanish
  • desfavorable, desventajoso, problemático, impropio, adversoSpanish
  • désavantagieux, irrégulier, ennuyeux, nocif, déplacé, inopportunFrench
  • անվայելուչ, ձախորդ, անբարենպաստ, կամակոր, դժբախտ, անվայել, անպատշաճ, համառ, անհնազանդArmenian
  • onregeld, onbetamelijk, onwelvoeglijk, ongunstig, schadelijk, vervelendDutch
  • ufinNorwegian
  • неблагоприятныйRussian
  • nevhodnýSlovak

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