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. wantonadjective

    lewd or lascivious woman

  2. motiveless, unprovoked, wantonadjective

    occurring without motivation or provocation

    "motiveless malignity"; "unprovoked and dastardly attack"- F.D.Roosevelt

  3. 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"

  4. piddle, wanton, wanton away, piddle away, trifleverb

    waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently

  5. wantonverb

    indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life

  6. wanton, wanton away, trifle awayverb

    spend wastefully

    "wanton one's money away"

  7. luxuriate, wantonverb

    become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously

  8. wantonverb

    engage in amorous play

  9. wantonverb

    behave extremely cruelly and brutally

Wiktionary

  1. wantonnoun

    A pampered or coddled person.

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

  2. wantonnoun

    An overly playful person.

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

  3. wantonnoun

    A self-indulgent person, fond of excess.

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

  4. wantonnoun

    A lewd or immoral person, especially a prostitute.

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

  5. wantonverb

    To act wantonly; become wanton.

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

  6. wantonverb

    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. wantonadjective

    Undisciplined, unruly; not able to be controlled.

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

  8. wantonadjective

    Lewd, immoral; sexually open, unchaste.

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

  9. wantonadjective

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

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

  10. wantonadjective

    Self-indulgent, fond of excess; luxurious.

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

  11. wantonadjective

    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. wantonadjective

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wantonverb

    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. Wantonverb

    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. Wantonverb

    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. Wantonverb

    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. Wantonnoun

    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. Wantonnoun

    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. Wantonnoun

    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. Wantonverb

    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. Wantonverb

    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. Wantonverb

    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. Gavin Newsom:

    Before she can be safely released, Van Houten must do more to develop her understanding of the factors that caused her to seek acceptance from such a negative, violent influence, and perpetrate extreme acts of wanton violence.

  2. 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.

  3. Jeffrey Bank:

    Three women brutally attacked our hosts without provocation, got arrested and charged for their misconduct, and then, over the last several days, had their lawyer falsely and grossly misrepresent their acts of wanton violence in a cynical attempt to try to excuse the inexcusable.

  4. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Israel will not tolerate this. I will not tolerate this, and as we speak... Israel is responding forcefully to this wanton aggression.

  5. 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.

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  • skelmAfrikaans
  • свавольнікіBelarusian
  • 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
  • sfrenatoItalian
  • 悪意のあるJapanese
  • lasciviensLatin
  • 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
  • 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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