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Meaning of WANTON

Pronunciation:  'wântn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  lewd or lascivious woman
  2. [adj]  casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"
  3. [adj]  occurring without motivation or provocation; "motiveless malignity"; "unprovoked and dastardly attack"- F.D.Roosevelt
  4. [v]  behave extremely cruelly and brutally
  5. [v]  engage in amorous play
  6. [v]  become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
  7. [v]  spend wastefully; "wanton one's money away"
  8. [v]  indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life
  9. [v]  waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently

WANTON is a 6 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: easy, light, loose, luxuriate, motiveless, piddle, piddle away, promiscuous, sluttish, trifle, trifle away, unchaste, unmotivated, unprovoked, wanton away, wanton away
 See Also: act, behave, butterfly, chat up, consume, coquet, coquette, dally, do, drop, expend, flirt, light-of-love, light-o'-love, live, mash, pass, philander, romance, sensualist, spend, spend, squander, ware, waste



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wan"ton\, a. [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref.
    wan- wanting (see {Wane}, v. i.), hence expressing negation +
    towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of te['o]n to draw, to
    educate, bring up; hence, properly, ill bred. See {Tug}, v.
    1. Untrained; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, loose;
       free; luxuriant; roving; sportive. ``In woods and wanton
       wilderness.'' --Spenser. ``A wild and wanton herd.''
             A wanton and a merry [friar].         --Chaucer.
             [She] her unadorned golden tresses wore Disheveled,
             but in wanton ringlets waved.         --Milton.
             How does your tongue grow wanton in her praise!
    2. Wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute. ``Men
       grown wanton by prosperity.'' --Roscommon.
    3. Specifically: Deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd;
       lustful; lascivious; libidinous; lecherous.
             Not with wanton looking of folly.     --Chaucer.
             [Thou art] froward by nature, enemy to peace,
             Lascivious, wanton.                   --Shak.
    4. Reckless; heedless; as, wanton mischief.
  2. \Wan"ton\, n.
    1. A roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; -- used rarely as a
       term of endearment.
             I am afeard you make a wanton of me.  --Shak.
             Peace, my wantons; he will do More than you can aim
             unto.                                 --B. Jonson.
    2. One brought up without restraint; a pampered pet.
             Anything, sir, That's dry and wholesome; I am no
             bred wanton.                          --Beau. & Fl.
    3. A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman.
  3. \Wan"ton\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wantoned}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Wantoning}.]
    1. To rove and ramble without restraint, rule, or limit; to
       revel; to play loosely; to frolic.
             Nature here wantoned as in her prime. --Milton.
             How merrily we would sally into the fields, and
             strip under the first warmth of the sun, and wanton
             like young dace in the streams!       --Lamb.
    2. To sport in lewdness; to play the wanton; to play
  4. \Wan"ton\, v. t.
    To cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness.