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Definitions of wanton

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

  1. War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder. – Alexander Berkman
  2. Indeed, I was so afraid to dishonour my friends and family by my indiscreet actions, that I rather chose to be accounted a fool, than to be thought rude or wanton – Margaret Cavendish
  3. Needless, heedless, wanton and deliberate injury of the sort inflicted by Life's picture story is not an essential instrument of responsible journalism. – Abe Fortas
  4. It would be stupid tameness, and unaccountable folly, for whole nations to suffer one unreasonable, ambitious and cruel man, to wanton and riot in their misery. – Jonathan Mayhew
  5. A little wanton money, which burned out the bottom of his purse. – Thomas Moore
  6. Woman's destiny is to be wanton like the bitch, the she -wolf; she must belong to all who claim her. – Marquis de Sade
  7. As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport. – William Shakespeare
  8. In all our quest of greatness, like wanton boys, whose pastime is their care, we follow after bubbles, blown in the air. – John Webster

Usage examples for wanton

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. It was a new kind of pleasure for us to own such a wanton luxury as that. – I Walked in Arden by Jack Crawford
  9. 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
  10. Of this poor heart, which the cruel wanton boy. – Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  11. When I got there, though, the whole planet was in a mess; not raiding, but plain wanton destruction. – Space Viking by Henry Beam Piper
  12. For a moment tense silence reigned in the apartment after Maenck had delivered his wanton insult. – The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  13. 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
  14. And it made no sound as it went; and was a Dreadful thing; yet, it did seem unto my heart, as that it had no trouble of Wanton Malice to work needless Destruction to any. – The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson
  15. 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
  16. To call in such home- keeping weather would be a wanton provocation: Charles hung off, yet again. – Angela's Business by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. I am no wanton my lord! – Who? by Elizabeth Kent
  20. 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

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