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- Definition of the adjective Wanton
- Definition of the noun Wanton
- Definition of the verb 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
- occurring without motivation or provocation
- casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
Alternative definition of the adjective Wanton
- [obsolete] Undisciplined, unruly; not able to be controlled.
- Lewd, immoral; sexually open, unchaste.
- [obsolete] Playful, sportive; being merry or carefree (often used figuratively).
- [obsolete] Self-indulgent, fond of excess; luxurious.
- Capricious, reckless of morality, justice etc.; acting without regard for the law or the well-being of others; gratuitous.
- [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
- lewd or lascivious woman
Alternative definition of the noun Wanton
- A pampered or coddled person.
- An overly playful person.
- A self-indulgent person, fond of excess.
- [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
- waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently
- indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life
- spend wastefully
- become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously
- engage in amorous play
- behave extremely cruelly and brutally
Alternative definition of the verb Wanton
- [intransitive] To act wantonly; become wanton.
- [transitive] To waste or squander, especially in pleasure (often with away).
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for wanton
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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 ...
Encyclopaedia 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 ...
London 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, ...
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.
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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- Wanton Meaning
Video shows what wanton means. Undisciplined, unruly; not able to be controlled.. Lewd, immoral; sexually open, unchaste.. Playful, sportive; being merry or ...
- Essential English Vocabulary 978/1000 wanton
wanton Wanton describes something excessive, uncontrolled and sometimes even cruel. The principal sees a food fight as a wanton act of vandalism done with ...
- Describing the Taste of a Steamed Wanton - ESL British English Pronunciation
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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.Couldn't select: Got error 28 from storage engine