Meaning of wanton
Pronunciation: (won'tn), [key]
- done, shown, used, etc., maliciously or unjustifiably: a wanton attack; wanton cruelty.
- deliberate and without motive or provocation; uncalled-for; headstrong; willful: Why jeopardize your career in such a wanton way?
- without regard for what is right, just, humane, etc.; careless; reckless: a wanton attacker of religious convictions.
- sexually lawless or unrestrained; loose; lascivious; lewd: wanton behavior.
- extravagantly or excessively luxurious, as a person, manner of living, or style.
- luxuriant, as vegetation.
- wanton breezes; a wanton brook.
- sportive or frolicsome, as children or young animals.
- having free play:wanton breezes; a wanton brook.
- a wanton or lascivious person, esp. a woman.
- to behave in a wanton manner; become wanton.
- to squander, esp. in pleasure (often fol. by away): to wanton away one's inheritance.
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