What is wanton?

  • (adj): Occurring without motivation or provocation.
    Synonyms: motiveless, unprovoked
    See also — Additional definitions below


Wanton as an adjective means lewd or capriciously immoral.

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List Of United States Political Families (W) - The Wantons
... William Wanton, Governor of Rhode Island Colony 1732-1733 ... Joseph Wanton (1705–1780), Governor of Rhode Island Colony 1769-1775 ... Son of William Wanton ...
George H. Wanton - Biography
... Wanton was born on May 15, 1866 in Paterson, New Jersey, the son of William H ... and Margaret (Miller) Wanton ... The fifth attempt, manned by Wanton and three other Privates of the 10th Cavalry (Dennis Bell, Fitz Lee, and William H ...
The Parson's Wedding - The Plot
... a heated conversation between the Captain and his paramour, Mistress Wanton ... was applied to both married and single women Wanton is single, beautiful, clever, and highly desirable.) The Captain is "in choler," angry at the conduct of his erstwhile friend ... Parson was a humble acquaintance of the Captain and Wanton but now that he has obtained a comfortable clerical benefice (a "fat living") through the ...
List Of Colonial Governors Of Rhode Island - Governors
... Joseph Jenckes 1727-1732 William Wanton 1732-1733 (died in office) John Wanton 1734-1740 (died in office) Richard Ward 1740-1743 William Greene 1743-1745 Gideon ...

More definitions of "wanton":

  • (verb): Become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously.
    Synonyms: luxuriate
  • (verb): Engage in amorous play.
  • (verb): Indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life.
  • (noun): Lewd or lascivious woman.
  • (verb): Behave extremely cruelly and brutally.

Famous quotes containing the word wanton:

    Look. And the dancers move
    On the departed, snow bushed green, wanton in moon light
    As a dust of pigeons. Exulting, the grave hooved
    Horses, centaur dead, turn and tread the drenched white
    Paddocks in the farms of birds. The dead oak walks for love.
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    A lover may bestride the gossamers
    That idles in the wanton summer air,
    And yet not fall; so light is vanity.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    The wanton Troopers riding by
    Have shot my Fawn and it will die.
    Ungentle men! They cannot thrive
    To kill thee. Thou ne’er didst alive
    Them any harm: alas, nor could
    Thy death yet do them any good.
    Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)