In contemporary English we can talk about things being ‘untoward’ – but what’s the opposite of ‘untoward’? How about ‘towardly’? Reminds me of a friend who likes to say he feels ‘gruntled’ when he’s happy or pleased. What sentences can you make with this week’s word?

/ˈtɔrdli, ˈtoʊrd-/

–adjective Archaic .
1. apt to learn; promising.
2. docile; tractable.
3. propitious; seasonable.

1475–85; toward + -ly

—Related forms
to·ward·li·ness, noun


My son Johnny, named so after his uncle, was at the grammar-school, and a towardly child.

Source: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.