Definition of "untoward" []

  • Not favorable; unpropitious. (adjective)
  • Troublesome; adverse: an untoward incident. (adjective)
  • Hard to guide or control; unruly. (adjective)
  • Improper; unseemly. (adjective)
  • Archaic Awkward. (adjective)
  • Characterized by misfortune, disaster, or annoyance (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Not auspicious; adverse; unfavourable (adjective)
  • Unseemly or improper (adjective)
  • Out of the ordinary; out of the way (adjective)
  • Refractory; perverse (adjective)
  • Awkward, ungainly, or uncouth (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "untoward" in a sentence
  • "And litigation only occurs if people figure out that something untoward is going on — with personalized search results, you may never know what comes up when other people search for your name."
  • "You're obviously pretty confident nothing untoward is going to be happening in front of your webcam at these intervals!"
  • "All the 'ill luck' -- that is, the untoward circumstances of the year, would be ascribed to the accident of a person with light hair having been the first to enter a dwelling on the mornings referred to."