MEANING: adjective: Difficult to deal with; contrary.

ETYMOLOGY: From Middle English fro- (away, from) + -ward (moving or facing in a specific direction). Earliest documented use: 1340.

NOTES: If you recall the phrase to-and-fro (which is short for “to and from”), you can easily sense where froward is going. It’s the opposite of toward. Over time, the senses of the two words have shifted so they are not antonyms any more.

UROWARD - where the bladder specialist admits patients

PRO-WARD - 1. I'm improving, and might even go on the Tour soon!
2. ...and against Roebuck

FRO-WAND - how Hobbits do magic