What does wanton mean?

Definitions for wantonˈwɒn tn

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


  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

  11. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Shakespeare:

    As flies to wanton boys, are we to the godsThey kill us for their sport.

  2. The CCF:

    Predators are not wanton livestock catching animals, they don't want to come and eat our livestock. What we as humans do is put our livestock in inappropriate locations through lack of knowledge.

  3. 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.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    Right now, in 2015, fifty years after Selma, there are laws across this country designed to make it harder for people to vote. As we speak, more of such laws are being proposed, meanwhile, the Voting Rights Act, the culmination of so much blood, so much sweat and tears, the product of so much sacrifice in the face of wanton violence ... stands weakened.

  5. Abraham Myerson:

    Society expects man to be a passive social animal who believes like the People of the Field in "Jurgen" that "to do what you always have done" and "what is expected of you" are the twin rules of life. This, is course, is not true. The wanton crucifixion of impulses, the unnecessary blocking and frustration of the drives and urges, are an evil that reflects itself in sophistication, ennui and boredom, dissatisfaction, melancholy, fatigue, anxiety and neurosis.

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Translations for wanton

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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

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