wayward

Part of speech: noun

Waywardness.

Part of speech: adjective

Wandering away; wilful; unsteady; vacillating.

Part of speech: adverb

Waywardly.

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Usage examples "wayward":

  1. Being thus completely settled, and, to use his own words, " to rights," one would imagine that he would begin to enjoy the comforts of his situation, to read newspapers, talk politics, neglect his own business, and attend to the affairs of the nation like a useful and patriotic citizen; but now it is that his wayward disposition begins again to operate. - "Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete", Washington Irving.
  2. She felt that Mr. Hazard would think her wayward and weak. - "Esther", Henry Adams.
  3. My wife is in a wayward mood to- day, And will not lightly trust the messenger. - "The-Comedy-of-Errors", Shakespeare, William.