Definitions for Wantonˈwɒn tn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wan•tonˈwɒn tn(adj.)

  1. done maliciously or unjustifiably:

    wanton cruelty.

  2. deliberate and without motive; unprovoked:

    a wanton attack.

  3. without regard for what is right, just, etc.; reckless:

    wanton assassination of a person's character.

  4. sexually unrestrained; lascivious; lewd:

    wanton behavior.

  5. extravagant or excessive:

    living in wanton luxury.

  6. luxuriant, as vegetation.

  7. Archaic. sportive or frolicsome, as children or young animals. having free play: cruelly playful; mischievous:

    wanton breezes.

    wanton schoolboys.

  8. (n.)a wanton or lascivious person, esp. a woman.

  9. (v.i.)to behave in a wanton manner.

  10. (v.t.)to squander (often fol. by away):

    to wanton away one's inheritance.

Origin of wanton:

1250–1300; ME wantowen lit., undisciplined, ill-reared, OE wan- not +togen ptp. of tēon to discipline, rear, c. G ziehen, L dūcere to lead; akin to tow1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. wanton(adj)

    lewd or lascivious woman

  2. motiveless, unprovoked, wanton(adj)

    occurring without motivation or provocation

    "motiveless malignity"; "unprovoked and dastardly attack"- F.D.Roosevelt

  3. easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton(verb)

    casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

    "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"

  4. piddle, wanton, wanton away, piddle away, trifle(verb)

    waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently

  5. wanton(verb)

    indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life

  6. wanton, wanton away, trifle away(verb)

    spend wastefully

    "wanton one's money away"

  7. luxuriate, wanton(verb)

    become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously

  8. wanton(verb)

    engage in amorous play

  9. wanton(verb)

    behave extremely cruelly and brutally


  1. wanton(Noun)

    A pampered or coddled person.

  2. wanton(Noun)

    An overly playful person.

  3. wanton(Noun)

    A self-indulgent person, fond of excess.

  4. wanton(Noun)

    A lewd or immoral person, especially a prostitute.

  5. wanton(Verb)

    To act wantonly; become wanton.

  6. wanton(Verb)

    To waste or squander, especially in pleasure (often with away).

    The young man wantoned away his inheritance.

  7. wanton(Adjective)

    Undisciplined, unruly; not able to be controlled.

  8. wanton(Adjective)

    Lewd, immoral; sexually open, unchaste.

  9. wanton(Adjective)

    Playful, sportive; being merry or carefree (often used figuratively).

  10. wanton(Adjective)

    Self-indulgent, fond of excess; luxurious.

  11. wanton(Adjective)

    Capricious, reckless of morality, justice etc.; acting without regard for the law or the well-being of others; gratuitous.

  12. wanton(Adjective)

    Extravagant, unrestrained; excessive (of speech or thought).

  13. Origin: From wan- + (a descendant of) togen, past participle of teon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wanton(verb)

    untrained; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, loose; free; luxuriant; roving; sportive

  2. Wanton(verb)

    wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute

  3. Wanton(verb)

    specifically: Deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous; lecherous

  4. Wanton(verb)

    reckless; heedless; as, wanton mischief

  5. Wanton(noun)

    a roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; -- used rarely as a term of endearment

  6. Wanton(noun)

    one brought up without restraint; a pampered pet

  7. Wanton(noun)

    a lewd person; a lascivious man or woman

  8. Wanton(verb)

    to rove and ramble without restraint, rule, or limit; to revel; to play loosely; to frolic

  9. Wanton(verb)

    to sport in lewdness; to play the wanton; to play lasciviously

  10. Wanton(verb)

    to cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness

Translations for Wanton

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without reason; motiveless

wanton cruelty; the wanton destruction of property.

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