from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Immoral or unchaste; lewd.
- adj. Gratuitously cruel; merciless.
- adj. Marked by unprovoked, gratuitous maliciousness; capricious and unjust: wanton destruction.
- adj. Unrestrainedly excessive: wanton extravagance; wanton depletion of oil reserves.
- adj. Luxuriant; overabundant: wanton tresses.
- adj. Frolicsome; playful.
- adj. Undisciplined; spoiled.
- adj. Obsolete Rebellious; refractory.
- intransitive v. To act, grow, or move in a wanton manner; be wanton.
- transitive v. To waste or squander extravagantly.
- n. One who is immoral, lewd, or licentious.
- n. One that is playful or frolicsome.
- n. One that is undisciplined or spoiled.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Undisciplined, unruly; not able to be controlled.
- adj. Lewd, immoral; sexually open, unchaste.
- adj. Playful, sportive; being merry or carefree (often used figuratively).
- adj. Self-indulgent, fond of excess; luxurious.
- adj. Capricious, reckless of morality, justice etc.; acting without regard for the law or the well-being of others; gratuitous.
- adj. Extravagant, unrestrained; excessive (of speech or thought).
- n. A pampered or coddled person.
- n. An overly playful person.
- n. A self-indulgent person, fond of excess.
- n. A lewd or immoral person, especially a prostitute.
- v. To act wantonly; become wanton.
- v. To waste or squander, especially in pleasure (often with away).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Untrained; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, loose; free; luxuriant; roving; sportive.
- adj. Wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute.
- adj. Specifically: Deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous; lecherous.
- adj. Reckless; heedless.
- n. A roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; -- used rarely as a term of endearment.
- n. One brought up without restraint; a pampered pet.
- n. A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman.
- intransitive v. To rove and ramble without restraint, rule, or limit; to revel; to play loosely; to frolic.
- intransitive v. To sport in lewdness; to play the wanton; to play lasciviously.
- transitive v. To cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ill brought up; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, free from moral control.
- Characterized by extreme recklessness, fool-hardiness, or heartlessness; malicious; recklessly disregardful of right or of consequences: applied both to persons and to their acts.
- Wild; unruly; loose; unrestrained.
- Playful; sportive; frolicsome.
- Rank; luxuriant.
- Characterized by unrestrained indulgence of the natural impulses or appetites; dissolute; licentious.
- Particularly, unchaste; lascivious; libidinous; lustful; lewd.
- n. A pampered, petted creature; one spoiled by fondness or indulgence; also, a frolicsome, roving, sportive creature; a trifier: used sometimes as a term of endearment.
- n. A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman.
- To revel; frolic unrestrainedly; sport.
- To sport or dally in lewdness; sport lasciviously.
- To make wanton.
- To spend or waste in wantonness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. lewd or lascivious woman
- v. spend wastefully
- v. behave extremely cruelly and brutally
- adj. occurring without motivation or provocation
- v. indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life
- v. become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
- adj. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
- v. waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
- v. engage in amorous play
V. ii.310 (340,7) you make a wanton of me] A _wanton_ was, a man feeble and effeminate.
Mr. Rowland, the Ramsey pub landlord, says his change of heart about the EU came when he saw what he calls the "wanton destruction" that EU rules and quotas brought to fishing towns on the northern English coast.
Maxwell land grant case, which he characterizes as a wanton and shameful surrender to the rapacity of monopolists of 1,662,764 acres of the public domain, on which hundreds of poor men had settled in good faith and made valuable improvements.
This kind of what I call wanton stupidity, where an industry delivers a sub-standard tech and then quickly upgrades it to encourage additional sales volumes sucks.
I pity those who don't know the difference, but I am no longer forced to show up alongside them in wanton violation of my conscience, not to mention my sense of good taste.
Zenawi says the VOA operates in "wanton disregard of minimum ethics of journalism and engaging in destabilizing propaganda."
Both sides engaged in wanton violence and slaughter.
Their behaviour was inexcusable as they took part in wanton criminality.
For the perverse pleasure in wanton (self -) destruction?
At this moment a tame linnet flew toward her, nestled its head between her breasts, and nibbled them in wanton play.
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