Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not favorable; unpropitious.
  • adj. Troublesome; adverse: an untoward incident.
  • adj. Hard to guide or control; unruly.
  • adj. Improper; unseemly.
  • adj. Archaic Awkward.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unfavourable, adverse, or disadvantageous.
  • adj. Unruly, troublesome.
  • adj. Unseemly, improper.
  • adj. side effects

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prep. Toward.
  • adj. Froward; perverse.
  • adj. Awkward; ungraceful.
  • adj. Inconvenient; troublesome; vexatious; unlucky; unfortunate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Froward; perverse; refractory; not easily guided or taught.
  • Inconvenient; troublesome; vexatious; unfortunate; unlucky: as, an untoward event; an untoward vow.
  • Synonyms Wilful, Contrary, etc. (see wayward), intractable.
  • Toward.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society
  • adj. contrary to your interests or welfare

Etymologies

un- +‎ toward (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • untoward behavior is inappropriate.

    June 14, 2013

  • "Did anything else untoward happen?" Bill sounded just a wee bit dry. -Charlaine Harris, Living Dead in Dallas

    December 11, 2010