Wanton

Definition of Wanton

Wan´ton
a.1.
1.Untrained; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, loose; free; luxuriant; roving; sportive.
A wanton and a merry [friar].
- Chaucer.
[She] her unadorned golden tresses wore
Disheveled, but in wanton ringlets waved.
- Milton.
How does your tongue grow wanton in her praise!
- Addison.
2.Wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute.
3.Specifically: Deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous; lecherous.
Not with wanton looking of folly.
- Chaucer.
[Thou art] froward by nature, enemy to peace,
Lascivious, wanton.
- Shak.
4.Reckless; heedless; as, wanton mischief.
n.1.A roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; - used rarely as a term of endearment.
I am afeard you make a wanton of me.
- Shak.
Peace, my wantons; he will do
More than you can aim unto.
- B. Jonson.
2.One brought up without restraint; a pampered pet.
Anything, sir,
That's dry and wholesome; I am no bred wanton.
- Beau. & Fl.
3.A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman.
v. i.1.To rove and ramble without restraint, rule, or limit; to revel; to play loosely; to frolic.
Nature here wantoned as in her prime.
- Milton.
How merrily we would sally into the fields, and strip under the first warmth of the sun, and wanton like young dace in the streams!
- Lamb.
2.To sport in lewdness; to play the wanton; to play lasciviously.
v. t.1.To cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness.

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