untoward

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Untoward \Un*to"ward\, preposition [Unto + -ward.] Toward. [Obs.] --Gower.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Untoward \Un*to"ward\, adjective [Pref. un- not + toward.]

1. Froward; perverse. "Save yourselves from this untoward generation." --Acts ii. 40.

2. Awkward; ungraceful. "Untoward words." --Creech. "Untoward manner." --Swift.

3. Inconvenient; troublesome; vexatious; unlucky; unfortunate; as, an untoward wind or accident. -- {Un*to"ward*ly}, adverb -- {Un*to"ward*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

untoward

adjective

1: 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" [syn: {indecent}, {indecorous}, {unbecoming}, {uncomely}, {unseemly}, {untoward}]

2: contrary to your interests or welfare; "adverse circumstances"; "made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions" [syn: {adverse}, {inauspicious}, {untoward}]


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