What does wanton mean?

Definitions for wanton
ˈwɒn tnwan·ton

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wanton.

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

Wiktionary

  1. wanton(Noun)

    A pampered or coddled person.

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

  2. wanton(Noun)

    An overly playful person.

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

  3. wanton(Noun)

    A self-indulgent person, fond of excess.

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

  4. wanton(Noun)

    A lewd or immoral person, especially a prostitute.

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

  5. wanton(Verb)

    To act wantonly; become wanton.

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

  6. wanton(Verb)

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

    The young man wantoned away his inheritance.

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

  7. wanton(Adjective)

    Undisciplined, unruly; not able to be controlled.

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

  8. wanton(Adjective)

    Lewd, immoral; sexually open, unchaste.

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

  9. wanton(Adjective)

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

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

  10. wanton(Adjective)

    Self-indulgent, fond of excess; luxurious.

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

  11. wanton(Adjective)

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

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

  12. wanton(Adjective)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wanton(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan- wanting (see Wane, v. i.), hence expressing negation + towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of ten to draw, to educate, bring up; hence, properly, ill bred. See Tug, v. t.]

  2. Wanton(verb)

    wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute

    Etymology: [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan- wanting (see Wane, v. i.), hence expressing negation + towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of ten to draw, to educate, bring up; hence, properly, ill bred. See Tug, v. t.]

  3. Wanton(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan- wanting (see Wane, v. i.), hence expressing negation + towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of ten to draw, to educate, bring up; hence, properly, ill bred. See Tug, v. t.]

  4. Wanton(verb)

    reckless; heedless; as, wanton mischief

    Etymology: [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan- wanting (see Wane, v. i.), hence expressing negation + towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of ten to draw, to educate, bring up; hence, properly, ill bred. See Tug, v. t.]

  5. Wanton(noun)

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

    Etymology: [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan- wanting (see Wane, v. i.), hence expressing negation + towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of ten to draw, to educate, bring up; hence, properly, ill bred. See Tug, v. t.]

  6. Wanton(noun)

    one brought up without restraint; a pampered pet

    Etymology: [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan- wanting (see Wane, v. i.), hence expressing negation + towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of ten to draw, to educate, bring up; hence, properly, ill bred. See Tug, v. t.]

  7. Wanton(noun)

    a lewd person; a lascivious man or woman

    Etymology: [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan- wanting (see Wane, v. i.), hence expressing negation + towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of ten to draw, to educate, bring up; hence, properly, ill bred. See Tug, v. t.]

  8. Wanton(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan- wanting (see Wane, v. i.), hence expressing negation + towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of ten to draw, to educate, bring up; hence, properly, ill bred. See Tug, v. t.]

  9. Wanton(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan- wanting (see Wane, v. i.), hence expressing negation + towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of ten to draw, to educate, bring up; hence, properly, ill bred. See Tug, v. t.]

  10. Wanton(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan- wanting (see Wane, v. i.), hence expressing negation + towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of ten to draw, to educate, bring up; hence, properly, ill bred. See Tug, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wanton

    won′tun, adj. moving or playing loosely: roving in sport: frisky: wandering from rectitude: licentious: running to excess: unrestrained: irregular.—n. a wanton or lewd person, esp. a female: a trifler.—v.i. to ramble without restraint: to frolic: to play lasciviously.—adv. Wan′tonly.—n. Wan′tonness. [M. E. wantowen, from pfx. wan-, sig. want, A.S. togen, educated, pa.p. of teón, to draw, lead; cf. Ger. ungezogen, rude.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wanton in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wanton in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of wanton in a Sentence

  1. Governors Association spokesman Chris Gustafson:

    Gretchen Whitmer’s wanton disregard for the rules and transparency surrounding her secret vacation to Florida raises serious ethical concerns for Michiganders and ensure that the turbulence is not far behind her, whitmer’s abuse of a slush fund and possible benefit at taxpayers’ expense will not fly with Michigan voters when they vote to fire the damn governor next fall.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York, And all the clouds that loured upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths, Our bruised arms hung up for monuments, Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures. Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute. But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass I, that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty To strut before a wanton ambling nymph I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them,-- Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sun.

  3. Gabrielle Carteris:

    Donald Trump attacked the values that this union holds most sacred – democracy, truth, respect for our fellow Americans of all races and faiths, and the sanctity of the free press, there’s a straight line from his wanton disregard for the truth to the attacks on journalists perpetrated by his followers.

  4. Maamoun Abdulkarim:

    It's as though there is a curse that has befallen this city and I expect only news that will shock us. If the city remains in their hands the city is doomed, it is now wanton destruction ... their acts of vengeance are no longer ideologically driven because they are now blowing up buildings with no religious meaning.

  5. The White House on Sunday:

    This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL, this heinous act once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL.

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  • skelmAfrikaans
  • свавольнікіBelarusian
  • Schelm, Balg, lüstern, unkeusch, boshaftes KindGerman
  • malcriado, desobedienteSpanish
  • pelle, kuriton, riehakas, vastuuton, huikentelevainen, siveetön, tuhlata, holtiton, haaskata, rietas, hätäinen, irstas, leikkisä, lellikkiFinnish
  • lascif, indiscipliné, dévergondé, lubriqueFrench
  • sfrenatoItalian
  • 悪意のあるJapanese
  • lasciviensLatin
  • losbandig, wellustig, onkuis, onbeheerstDutch
  • nieposkromiony, nieposłuszny, złośliwy, niepohamowanyPolish
  • devasso, impúdicoPortuguese
  • безответственный, баловница, капризный, баловник, транжирить, блудливый, распутныйRussian
  • несташна дијете, nestašna dijeteSerbo-Croatian
  • ohämmad, lättfärdig, lössläpptSwedish
  • 放肆Chinese

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  • Brad Johnston
    The word 'wanton' has so many usages that are similar in tone but slightly different that it is a word that should be avoided. If you are tempted to use it, don't. Think more carefully about what you intend and then use a more precise word. 'Wanton' is not a good word to either learn or to have at hand. It is useless. Illustration: Where's Toledo? "Oh, somewheres out thataway", pointing more-or-less, say, north, at least more north than, say, south. .brad.thursday.19may2016. No wonder there are "zero comments". There is no way to post this without also posting it on the infinite world of Facebook. Thanks, no. 
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