from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare The negative side.

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  • noun obsolete a state of denial, disbelief


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  • "Fear not," said Susan, as one who well knew the nature of her kinswoman; "belike she will have cooled to-morrow, all the more because father said naught to the nayward."

    Unknown to History: a story of the captivity of Mary of Scotland

  • One of the Whittingtonian curates had taken the boys to the ice in the parks, and taught them so effectively, that Clement was one of the best skaters in Bexley; but he was too much inclined to the nayward not to reply, 'I have to practise that anthem for Wednesday.'

    The Pillars of the House, V1


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  • Pairs well with wayward.

    August 22, 2014