Wanton Definition

wŏntən
wantons
adjective
Undisciplined; unmanageable.
A wanton child.
Webster's New World
Lascivious or promiscuous. Used especially of women.
American Heritage
Exciting or expressing sexual desire.
A wanton pose.
American Heritage
Sexually loose or unrestrained.
A wanton woman.
Webster's New World
Capricious; unrestrained.
Wanton winds.
Webster's New World
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verb
wantons
To be wanton in behavior, action, manner, etc.
Webster's New World
To move idly or playfully.
American Heritage
(intransitive) To rove and ramble without restraint, rule, or limit; to revel; to play loosely; to frolic.
Wiktionary

To waste or squander, especially in pleasure (often with away).

The young man wantoned away his inheritance.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
triflepiddle awaywanton awaypiddletrifle awayluxuriate
noun
A wanton person or thing; esp., a sexually loose or unrestrained woman.
Webster's New World

A pampered or coddled person.

Wiktionary

An overly playful person; a trifler.

Wiktionary

A self-indulgent person, fond of excess.

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Wanton

Noun

Singular:
wanton
Plural:
wantons

Origin of Wanton

  • Middle English wantowen wan- not, lacking (from Old English euə- in Indo-European roots) towen past participle of teen to bring up (from Old English tēon to lead, draw deuk- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From wan- + (a descendant of) Old English togen, past participle of tÄ“on (“to train, discipline").

    From Wiktionary

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