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.