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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective wanton:

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Wanton (undisciplined; unrestrained; reckless) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the adjective Wanton

What does Wanton mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more wanton / wantoner | most wanton / wantonest

  1. occurring without motivation or provocation
  2. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

Alternative definition of the adjective Wanton

adjective

  1. [obsolete] Undisciplined, unruly; not able to be controlled.
  2. Lewd, immoral; sexually open, unchaste.
  3. [obsolete] Playful, sportive; being merry or carefree (often used figuratively).
  4. [obsolete] Self-indulgent, fond of excess; luxurious.
  5. Capricious, reckless of morality, justice etc.; acting without regard for the law or the well-being of others; gratuitous.
  6. [obsolete] Extravagant, unrestrained; excessive (of speech or thought).

Definition of the adjective Wanton for high school students

    undisciplined, lewd, lustful
    • example: Vicky's wanton demeanor often made the frat guys next door very excited.

The adjective Wanton is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Definition of the noun Wanton

What does Wanton mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: wantons

  1. lewd or lascivious woman

Alternative definition of the noun Wanton

noun

  1. A pampered or coddled person.
  2. An overly playful person.
  3. A self-indulgent person, fond of excess.
  4. [archaic] A lewd or immoral person, especially a prostitute.

Definition of the verb Wanton

What does Wanton mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: wantoned | wantoning | wantons

  1. waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
  2. indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: live = lead a certain kind of life
  3. spend wastefully
  4. become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
  5. engage in amorous play
  6. behave extremely cruelly and brutally
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic words: act / behave / do = behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior

Alternative definition of the verb Wanton

verb

  1. [intransitive] To act wantonly; become wanton.
  2. [transitive] To waste or squander, especially in pleasure (often with away).

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for wanton

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Google previewBarron's Officer Candidate School Test (2006)

by Rod Powers

Used as an adjective, wanton means immoral, unchaste, or lewd. 16. The correct answer is d - energetic. Used as an adjective, kinetic means motion. 1 7. The correct answer is a - hopeless. Used as an adjective, futile means having no useful ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

WANTON. adj. [This word is derived by Minshew from want one, a man or woman that wants a companion. This etymology, however odd, Junius filently adopts. Skinner, who had more acuteness, cannot forbear to doubt it, but offers nothing ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

WANTON, adj., n.s., & v. no Derived by WAN'Tox LY, adv. • Minshieu from WAN' Ton'NESS, n. s. want one, a man or woman that wants a companion. This etymology, however odd, Junius silently adopts. Skinner, who had more acuteness, ...

Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia (1914)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

A wanton arrest mude without probable cause by a regular; -process and proceeding. See False Imprisonment; Malicious Prosecution. MALICIOUS INJURY. An injury committed wilfully and wantonly, or without cause. 1 Ohitty, Gen. Pr. 130.

Google previewThe new encyclopædia; or, Universal dictionary ofarts and sciences (1807)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

WANTON, adj. [This word is deri- »ol by Mi'tjht <w from want one, a man or woman Uat wants a companion. This etymology, however odd, Junius silently adopts. Skinner, who hid more actilenWt, cannot forliear to doubt it, fcut offer* nothing ...

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Quotes about wanton

THY WANTON HAIR

Thy wanton hair
Thy dimpling cheek
How humble is the mien
Of the meek
To question me, thee and others
Well, nature is rich
In all its hue
Dainty. doubling mumbling and fair
Not the stuff that time outwears.

(karnailsingh Heranwale) (Karnail Singh Heirwale)
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Scrabble value of W4A1N1T1O1N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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