Definitions for: Wanton

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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

Wan"ton, v. t.
To cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness.

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

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