untoward, perverse, difficult, awkward, clumsy ...1655 obs.
from awk (untoward, froward, perverse) + -y
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1655 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Thirdly, Because it is so awky a business, and hard a work, to recover the activity of Grace once lost, and to revive a duty in disuse: I have put off my Coat, faith the Spouse, Cant..."
From: The Christian in Compleat Armour. Or, a Treatise of the Saints War Against the Devil
- William Gurnall