Wayward Definition

Insistent upon having one's own way; headstrong, willful, disobedient, etc.
A wayward youth.
Webster's New World
Difficult or impossible to manage, control, or keep in order.
A wayward strand of hair.
American Heritage
Conforming to no fixed rule or pattern; unpredictable; irregular; capricious; erratic.
Webster's New World
Mischievous, naughty, flirtatious, etc.
A wayward glance.
Webster's New World
Going somewhere not intended or desired.
A wayward golf shot; a wayward courier.
American Heritage

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

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