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Definitions of wanton

  1. become extravagant; indulge ( oneself) luxuriously
  2. occurring without motivation or provocation; " motiveless malignity"; " unprovoked and dastardly attack"- F. D. Roosevelt
  3. waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
  4. spend wastefully; " wanton one's money away"
  5. lewd or lascivious woman
  6. behave extremely cruelly and brutally
  7. engage in amorous play
  8. indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life
  9. Wantonness.
  10. Inexcusable.
  11. Untrained; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, loose; free; luxuriant; roving; sportive.
  12. Wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute.
  13. Specifically: Deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous; lecherous.
  14. Reckless; heedless; as, wanton mischief.
  15. One brought up without restraint; a pampered pet.
  16. A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman.
  17. To rove and ramble without restraint, rule, or limit; to revel; to play loosely; to frolic.
  18. To sport in lewdness; to play the wanton; to play lasciviously.
  19. To cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness.
  20. A roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; - used rarely as a term of endearment.
  21. Unrestrained; roving; sportive; trifling; loose in morals; reckless; malicious; as, wanton desruction of property.
  22. A man or woman of loose, immoral habits.
  23. To pass the time in reckless pleasure; revel.
  24. To spend or waste recklessly.
  25. Wantonly.
  26. A wanton or lewd person, esp. a female: a trifler.
  27. To ramble without restraint: to frolic: to play lasciviously.
  28. Sportive; licentious; not justified.
  29. To frolic; revel; daily.
  30. To squander; waste; revel.
  31. Unrestrained; frolicsome; licentious.
  32. A licentious person.
  33. Wandering or roving in gaiety or sport; sportive; frolicsome; playing in the wind; wandering from rectitude; licentious; unchaste; lascivious; loose; unrestrained; luxuriant; extravagant.
  34. A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman; a trifler; an insignificant flutterer; a word of slight endearment.
  35. To rove and ramble without restraint; to revel; to play loosely; to play lasciviously; to move briskly and irregularly.
  36. Unrestrained; loose; indulging the natural appetites; disposed to lewdness; running to excess; reckless.
  37. A lascivious man or woman; a woman inclined to lewdness.
  38. To play or revel without restraint; to behave with lewdness; to revel.
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Usage examples for wanton

  1. I felt irresistibly attracted to the wanton boy by an ardent passion, and suffered with pain his sneering scorn, and his indifference to my most touching prayers. – Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance. by Friedrich von Hardenberg
  2. Know, then, my lord, that our foundation is the folly of women, and that so long as there be a wanton or foolish woman in the world we shall not die of hunger." – The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. IV. (of V.) by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
  3. It would be a great sorrow if I should learn through you, Jungfrau Barbara, that here, too, it would have been advisable to arm myself against wanton deception. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  4. He himself used to say in jest that he had not acted thus out of wanton passion, but in order that his race might one day rule in Lacedaemon. – Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4) by Plutarch
  5. To call in such home- keeping weather would be a wanton provocation: Charles hung off, yet again. – Angela's Business by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  6. It is necessary also, as a check on the national government, for it has hardly been known that any government having the powers of war, peace, and revenue, has failed to engage in needless and wanton expense. – Essays on the Constitution of the United States by Paul Leicester Ford
  7. Then come away, you wanton wives, That love your pleasures as your lives: To each good woman I'll give two, Or more, if she think them too few. – The Sources and Analogues of 'A Midsummer-night's Dream' by Compiled by Frank Sidgwick
  8. Of this poor heart, which the cruel wanton boy. – Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  9. For a moment tense silence reigned in the apartment after Maenck had delivered his wanton insult. – The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  10. I was particularly struck with this wanton practice, which lately occurred on White river. – A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America by S. A. Ferrall
  11. I am no wanton, my lord! – Who? by Elizabeth Kent
  12. The Indian is not cruel for the wanton love of blood, but to gratify revenge for some injury done to himself or to his tribe. – Lost in the Backwoods by Catherine Parr Traill
  13. Cattle were turned into the provision- grounds of the negroes, thus destroying their only means of support; and assaults of the most wanton and brutal description were committed on many of the peasantry. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  14. To have seen this scheme so long in operation has been to find it suggest many reflections, all of the most poignant and moving order; the foremost of which has, perhaps, had for its subject that never before can the wanton hand of history have descended upon a group of communities less expectant of public violence from without or less prepared for it and attuned to it. – Within the Rim and Other Essays by Henry James
  15. Men and women whom life and their own sins had battered came seeking the Tent; but they were few and they were chiefly old, for conscience cometh mostly when man can work and wanton no more. – Parables Of A Province by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 13, 2009
  16. Occasionally we let fall a sigh fathoms deep, then by- and- by began blowing a bit of a wanton laugh at the end of it. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  17. I have been round the Chamber, and can find neither Woman, nor Bed- I lockt the Door, I'm sure she cannot go that way; or if she cou'd, the Bed cou'd not- Enough, enough, my pretty Wanton, do not carry the Jest too far- Ha, betray'd! – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
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