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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Chika Onuegbu:

    "Our Governor Sir, hardly does any day pass in Nigeria, without a report of a massacre of Nigerians by Nigerians or at least, coordinated by Nigerians. Hardly does a day pass, without the report of a major violent crime committed against Nigerians by Nigerians. Hardly does a day pass, without the story of how large sums of money are stolen by Nigerians who are in positions of trust. The revelations at the various probes by the National Assembly are heart breaking as billions of Naira meant for the improvement in the welfare and condition of living of ordinary Nigerians are brazenly stolen by those who they are entrusted in their care. All these are examples of violence against the people of Nigeria. The killings and maiming of Nigerians, whether by Boko Haram, Militants, cult groups, kidnappers, armed robbers, misguided youths, political thugs and other forms of societal vices by deviant groups under whatever guise, are all examples of direct violence. There is also structural violence, which is the violence that does not hurt or kill through fists or guns or bombs, but through social structures that produce poverty, death and enormous suffering such as: corruption, injustice and bad governance. The truth is that, no one will be able to properly address the problems of direct violence especially, those with ideological inclination without understanding the relationship between direct violence and structural violence. For instance, take a hypothetical example of a man who loses his land or fishing port to oil /gas exploitation because of unjust laws. His son loses her mother because of poverty and crumbling social infrastructure in the Niger Delta, his daughter cannot further her education because the surviving parent is poor. Yet, they live closer oil pipelines When she manages to go to school through community effort. She is told that there is no job for her. She becomes unemployed and frustrated. The community also becomes frustrated, and unable to sponsor others like her. They become abandoned and trapped in the heinous poverty circle while their God-given resources are carted away and used to fund a system of fiscal federalism that is a misnomer and unbecoming of any true federation. The fund is used to pay for the construction of the expensive city of Abuja, fund the huge corruption that we read daily in the newspapers, finance expatriate workers in the Oil and Gas Industry who enjoy highest condition of service, incomparable to any of their equivalent in the world, fund one of the most expensive National Assemblies in the world and provide for the lavish and hedonistic lifestyle of the privileged few Nigerians . Our Governor Sir, you will agree with us that hunger, neglect, frustration and deprivation of this magnitude IN THE MIDST OF PLENTY is a serious form of violence, capable of pushing ( indeed has pushed) the man and his community into direct violence. The story is also not different in Northern Nigeria, where years of deprivation, neglect, corruption and misrule by the ruling elites have led to the emergence and establishment of dynasties of poverty in the form of ‘Almajiris’, and now we all cry over the terror in the land, occasioned by the ‘Boko Haram’ insurgence. Let me quickly add that I am not by any chance providing any justification for criminal activities, I am only showing how one crime, for example corruption, leads to another. For example, the killings by ‘Boko Haram’ or militant/cult groups in the Niger Delta. This analysis in my view, is important if we must address the unacceptable violence, insecurity and wanton killings in Nigeria that is fast becoming a way of life in our beloved country." Exerpt from AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY COMRADE HYGINUS CHIKA ONUEGBU (JP, FCA) STATE CHAIRMAN TRADE UNION CONGRESS OF NIGERIA (TUC) RIVERS STATE COUNCIL ON THE OCCASION OF 2012 MAY DAY CELEBRATION IN RIVERS STATE NIGERIA.

  4. Michael Page:

    Any brutal torture of Saudi women activists would show no limit to the Saudi authorities' campaign of wanton cruelty against critics and human rights activists, any government that tortures women for demanding basic rights should face withering international criticism, not unblinking Michael Page and UK support.

  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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