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ˈweɪ wərdway·ward

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contrary, obstinate, perverse, waywardadjective

    resistant to guidance or discipline

    "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"


  1. waywardadjective

    given to wilful, perverse deviation from the expected norm; tending to stray

  2. waywardadjective

    obstinate, contrary and unpredictable

  3. waywardadjective

    not on target

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WAYWARDadjective

    Froward; peevish; morose; vexatious.

    Etymology: wa woe, and weard , Saxon.

    That night the elder it was, the more wayward it shewed itself towards them. Philip Sidney.

    How wayward is this foolish love,
    That, like a testy babe, will scratch the nurse,
    And presently all humbled, kiss the rod. William Shakespeare.

    Wayward beauty doth not fancy move,
    A frown forbids, a smile engendreth love. Edward Fairfax.

    To mischief bent,
    He seldom does a good with good intent;
    Wayward, but wise; by long experience taught
    To please both parties, for ill ends he fought. Dryden.


  1. wayward

    Wayward is an adjective used to describe someone or something that is difficult to control or predict because of their unusual or erratic behavior. It can also refer to someone who is headstrong, stubborn, disobedient or tending to stray away from what is considered normal or expected.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Waywardadjective

    taking one's own way; disobedient; froward; perverse; willful

  2. Etymology: [OE. weiward, for aweiward, i. e., turned away. See Away, and -ward.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wayward in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wayward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of wayward in a Sentence

  1. Sophocles:

    Of all human ills, greatest is fortune's wayward tyranny.

  2. Director Matthew O’Neill:

    I think that the combination of physical discipline…. spoke to some of the things that Dwayne uses in his life to keep on the right track, he's been very public about -- there was a time where he was a wayward youth and there but for the grace of whatever he could have been in boot camp or in prison. So he sees the importance of second chances and the importance of using discipline to reform your life.

  3. Jon Rahm:

    I feel like I played pretty good golf all day. I just saw a lot of( putts) get close and not go in, and to hit two wayward drives in the last two holes and somehow end up with two birdie putts and making the last one to break par on the first round of the U.S. Open, it's quite a big deal.

  4. Bernd Wiesberger:

    Towards the turn we found a couple of shots and then it was kind of smooth sailing, a couple of wayward shots here and there but all in all hit a lot of greens and didn't get in too much trouble.

  5. Australian Mark Hensby:

    I played well, I gave Australian Mark Hensby a lot of chances, i hit a couple of wayward ones, but I haven't played in a tournament in quite some time. You get a little nervy in the middle, but then I kind of settled down and hit some good shots.

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