Definition of untoward adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌʌntəˈwɔːd//
; NAmE NAmE//ʌnˈtɔːrd//
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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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: untoward