Somebody who frowns when you have a word with him, One who is disobedient and stubborn. Frow(n) + W(a)rd = FROWARD
froward rearrange the words you get forward, a person who is very forward in not accepting any new norms
FROm moving foRWARD - one who prevents anyone/thing from moving forward.
When you put your FRO forWARD, you are headstrong.
He refuse to go forward because he believed he was a froward.
The saying, "to and FRO" means "forward and backward". So, Froward literally means backward or against.