1) Of a person, perverse, difficult to deal with.

Examples of the word’s colloquial use are found into the seventeenth century: c.1540 ther furder forward, peruerse and myscheuus myndis, Scarthingwell

1648 Mitchell continues as froward as ever, Thurlstone. It occurs as an early by-name: 1316 William Fraward, Sandal

1333 Henry Frauward, Sowerby and as a minor place-name: Fraward House survived in Almondbury into the late sixteenth century.

spellings fraward
dates 1316 1333 1540 1648

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