An example of wanton is a child who throws rocks through the neighbors' windows even though he is told to stop.
An example of wanton is someone who knows they are very drunk and drives home anyway.
An example of wanton is someone who spreads hurtful lies about another person.
A wanton fawn.
A wanton child.
Wanton cruelty, a wanton insult.
Wanton disregard of human rights.
The young man wantoned away his inheritance.
Origin of wanton
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").