Wanton

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wanton \Wan"ton\, noun

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wanton \Wan"ton\, adjective [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan- wanting (see {Wane}, verb (used without an object)), 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. t.]

1. Untrained; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, loose; free; luxuriant; roving; sportive. "In woods and wanton wilderness." --Spenser. "A wild and wanton herd." --Shak.

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! --Addison.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wanton \Wan"ton\, verb (used without an object) [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 lasciviously.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wanton \Wan"ton\, verb (used with an object) To cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness. [Obs.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

wanton

adjective

1: occurring without motivation or provocation; "motiveless malignity"; "unprovoked and dastardly attack"- F.D.Roosevelt [syn: {motiveless}, {unprovoked}, {wanton}]

2: casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior" [syn: {easy}, {light}, {loose}, {promiscuous}, {sluttish}, {wanton}]

noun

1: lewd or lascivious woman

verb

1: waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently [syn: {piddle}, {wanton}, {wanton away}, {piddle away}, {trifle}]

2: indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life

3: spend wastefully; "wanton one's money away" [syn: {wanton}, {wanton away}, {trifle away}]

4: become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously [syn: {luxuriate}, {wanton}]

5: engage in amorous play

6: behave extremely cruelly and brutally


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