Wayward definition

wāwərd
(archaic) Unwanted or unexpected.

Wayward fate.

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Mischievous, naughty, flirtatious, etc.

A wayward glance.

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Deviating from what is desired, expected, or required, especially in being disobedient or in gratifying one's own inclinations.
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The definition of wayward is being insistent on having your own way, being headstrong or unpredictable.

A child who misbehaves in unpredictable ways is an example of a wayward child.

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Given to wilful, perverse deviation from the expected norm; tending to stray.
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(sports) Not on target.
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Difficult or impossible to manage, control, or keep in order.

A wayward strand of hair.

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Following no clear pattern; unpredictable.
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Insistent upon having one's own way; headstrong, willful, disobedient, etc.

A wayward youth.

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Conforming to no fixed rule or pattern; unpredictable; irregular; capricious; erratic.
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Going somewhere not intended or desired.

A wayward golf shot; a wayward courier.

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Origin of wayward

  • Middle English short for awaiward turned away, perverse awai away away -ward -ward

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

  • way +"Ž -ward

    From Wiktionary