Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who indulges in idle, foolish, and irreverent fancies or speculations; one who tries to be cleverly amusing but falls short.
  • v. To indulge in vain, sportive, or irreverent wit; speculate idly or irreverently.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To indulge in vain, sportive, or over-subtle fancies; speculate idly or irreverently: with an indefinite it.
  • n. One who indulges in idle, foolish, and irreverent fancies or speculations. Also used adjectively.

Etymologies

From wit +‎ wanton (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And Master Lynch bade him have a care to flout and witwanton as the god self was angered for his hellprate and paganry.

    Ulysses

  • Fuller warns men that they should not ‘witwanton’ with God.

    English Past and Present

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