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  • adv. In an untoward way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Perverse; froward; untoward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Awkward; perverse; froward.
  • In an untoward, froward, or perverse manner; perversely.


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untoward +‎ -ly


  • Keep in mind, fair Huffingtonians, that anything untowardly liberal is immediately removed from Free Republic.

    Tom Watson: Freepers Hate Gonzales

  • Nature had moulded him so untowardly, that he was called all his life the Abbot Malotru; i.e. ill-shaped.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • They frequently learn from unbred or debauched servants, such language, untowardly tricks and vices, as otherwise they would be ignorant of all their lives.


  • In entertainment news, everyone - including his publicist - is concerned that Tom Cruise's cheese has slipped off his cracker, as he gambols about the country, behaving untowardly on Oprah, and setting up tents in Germany to convert onlookers to Scientology.

    ocean to ocean

  • Even the talentless have fled, such as K.L., a lady so untowardly cynical, with legs waxed to reflective gloss, who moved to West Palm Beach.

    the venitius command

  • It has been said that Mr. Slope, as he started for Ullathorne, received a dispatch from his friend Mr. Towers, which had the effect of putting him in that high good humour which subsequent events somewhat untowardly damped.

    Barchester Towers

  • It might have been better for him not to have married; but now that he was married, and that things had brought him untowardly to this pass, he knew that his wife's safety was his first duty.

    Can You Forgive Her?

  • But the mother looked mournfully upon him, and wished he had not come, and could not believe that a life which commenced so untowardly would ever be anything better than a burden to her, and a misfortune and misery to himself.

    Men of the Bible; Some Lesser-Known Characters

  • Or if she had not been so absorbed in her subject and her cigarette she might have noticed that Mrs Gildea had looked up quickly a minute before and given a mute signal to the intruder not to interrupt the conversation untowardly.

    Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land

  • Hugh had a sincere admiration for this ingenious trifle, and frequently when a hero was behaving untowardly idly amused himself with spinning up the signs.

    In the Mist of the Mountains


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