What does the word wanton mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Wantonness.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Inexcusable.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Wantonly.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To squander; waste; revel.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Unrestrained; frolicsome; licentious.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • A licentious person.

Usage examples for wanton

  1. " Thee is charged, David," he said coldly, " with kissing a woman- a stranger and a wanton- where the four roads meet 'twixt here and yonder town." – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  2. Indeed if such wanton kings be not thrust away, the whole nation will be punished for it. – The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli by Johann Hottinger
  3. Believe me, my lord, you waste your chivalry in defence of a wanton. – The Tangled Skein by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy