Definitions for waywardˈweɪ wərd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

way•ward*ˈweɪ wərd(adj.)

  1. disregarding or rejecting what is right or proper; willful; disobedient.

  2. prompted by caprice; capricious:

    a wayward impulse.

  3. changing unpredictably; erratic:

    a wayward breeze.

* Syn: See willful.

Origin of wayward:

1350–1400; ME; aph. var. of awayward. See away , -ward


Princeton's WordNet

  1. contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward(adj)

    resistant to guidance or discipline

    "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"


  1. wayward(Adjective)

    given to wilful, perverse deviation from the expected norm; tending to stray

  2. wayward(Adjective)

    obstinate, contrary and unpredictable

  3. wayward(Adjective)

    not on target

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wayward(adj)

    taking one's own way; disobedient; froward; perverse; willful

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a child etc) self-willed and rebellious.

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