Definition of untoward adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

untoward

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ʌnˈtɔrd//
 
, NAmE//ʌnˈtwɔrd//
 
, NAmE//ʌnˈtoʊərd//
 
 
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unusual and unexpected, and usually unpleasant That's the plan—unless anything untoward happens. He had noticed nothing untoward. The dose can be increased slightly without any untoward effects.
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