What does wanton mean?
Definitions for wanton
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word wanton.
lewd or lascivious woman
motiveless, unprovoked, wantonadjective
occurring without motivation or provocation
"motiveless malignity"; "unprovoked and dastardly attack"- F.D.Roosevelt
easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wantonverb
casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
"her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"
piddle, wanton, wanton away, piddle away, trifleverb
waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life
wanton, wanton away, trifle awayverb
"wanton one's money away"
become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
engage in amorous play
behave extremely cruelly and brutally
A pampered or coddled person.
An overly playful person.
A self-indulgent person, fond of excess.
A lewd or immoral person, especially a prostitute.
To act wantonly; become wanton.
To waste or squander, especially in pleasure (often with away).
The young man wantoned away his inheritance.
Undisciplined, unruly; not able to be controlled.
Lewd, immoral; sexually open, unchaste.
Playful, sportive; being merry or carefree (often used figuratively).
Self-indulgent, fond of excess; luxurious.
Capricious, reckless of morality, justice etc.; acting without regard for the law or the well-being of others; gratuitous.
Extravagant, unrestrained; excessive (of speech or thought).
Etymology: From wan- + (a descendant of) togen, past participle of teon.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: This word is derived by John Minsheu from wantone, a man or woman that wants a companion. This etymology, however odd, Franciscus Junius silently adopts. Stephen Skinner, who had more acuteness, cannot forbear to doubt it, but offers nothing better.
Thou art froward by nature, enemy to peace,
Lascivious, wanton; more than well beseems
A man of thy profession. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.
Entic’d to do him wanton rites. John Milton.
My plenteous joys,
Wanton in fulness, seek to hide themselves
In drops of sorrow. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Men grown wanton by prosperity,
Study’d new arts of luxury and ease. Wentworth Dillon.
As flies to wanton boys, we are to th’ gods:
They kill us for their sport. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.
Note a wild and wanton herd,
Or race of youthful and unhandled colts,
Fetching mad bounds. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.
Time drives the flocks from field to fold;
The flow’rs do fade, and wanton fields
To wayward winter reckoning yields. Walter Raleigh.
How eagerly ye follow my disgrace,
As if it fed ye; and how sleek and wanton
Y’ appear, in every thing may bring my ruin. William Shakespeare.
How does your tongue grow wanton in her praise! Addis.
What we by day lop overgrown,
One night or two, with wanton growth derides,
Tending to wild. John Milton.
Women richly gay in gems and wanton dress. John Milton.
The quaint mazes in the wanton green,
For want of tread are indistinguishable. John Milton.
An old wanton will be doating upon women, when he can scarce see without spectacles. Robert South, Sermons.
To lip a wanton in a secure couch,
And to suppose her chaste. William Shakespeare, Othello.
Shall a beardless boy,
A cocker’d, silken wanton brave your fields,
Mocking the air with colours idly spread,
And find no check? William Shakespeare, K. John.
Pass with your best violence;
I am afraid you make a wanton of me. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.
Peace, my wantons; he will do,
More than you can aim unto. Ben Jonson.
Etymology: from the noun.
He from his guards and midnight tent,
Disguis’d o’er hills and vallies went,
To wanton with the sprightly dame,
And in his pleasure lost his fame. Matthew Prior.
Oh! I heard him wanton in his praise;
Speak things of him might charm the ears. Thomas Otway.
Wanton’d as in her prime, and play’d at will
Her virgin fancies. John Milton.
O ye muses! deign your blest retreat,
Where Quintus Horatius Flaccus wantons at your spring,
And Pindar sweeps a bolder string. Elijah Fenton.
untrained; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, loose; free; luxuriant; roving; sportive
wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute
specifically: Deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous; lecherous
reckless; heedless; as, wanton mischief
a roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; -- used rarely as a term of endearment
one brought up without restraint; a pampered pet
a lewd person; a lascivious man or woman
to rove and ramble without restraint, rule, or limit; to revel; to play loosely; to frolic
to sport in lewdness; to play the wanton; to play lasciviously
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
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.]
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wanton is ranked #110286 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Wanton surname appeared 160 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Wanton.
75% or 120 total occurrences were Black.
14.3% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
6.2% or 10 total occurrences were White.
3.7% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.
The numerical value of wanton in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of wanton in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of wanton in a Sentence
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.
One week ago I announced measures to stabilize our nation's crucial fuel supply. I was aware that these measures may not be popular, and this was not a decision we took lightly. But it was the right thing to do, what followed was regrettable and tragic. Everyone has the right to protest, but this was not a peaceful protest. Wanton violence and cynical destruction ; looting police stations, stealing guns and uniforms ; incitement and threats of violence. This is not the Zimbabwean way.
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.
[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.
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.
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Translations for wanton
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- boshaftes Kind, unkeusch, Schelm, lüstern, BalgGerman
- desobediente, malcriadoSpanish
- kuriton, haaskata, irstas, holtiton, tuhlata, rietas, siveetön, pelle, leikkisä, huikentelevainen, hätäinen, lellikki, vastuuton, riehakasFinnish
- lascif, lubrique, indiscipliné, dévergondéFrench
- onbeheerst, onkuis, losbandig, wellustigDutch
- złośliwy, niepohamowany, nieposkromiony, nieposłusznyPolish
- impúdico, devassoPortuguese
- распутный, безответственный, блудливый, транжирить, баловник, капризный, баловницаRussian
- nestašna dijete, несташна дијетеSerbo-Croatian
- lättfärdig, lössläppt, ohämmadSwedish
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