AskDefine | Define wanton

Dictionary Definition

wanton adj
1 occurring without motivation or provocation; "motiveless malignity"; "unprovoked and dastardly attack"- F.D.Roosevelt [syn: motiveless, unprovoked]
2 casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior" [syn: easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish] n : lewd or lascivious woman


1 waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently [syn: piddle, wanton away, piddle away, trifle]
2 indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life
3 spend wastefully; "wanton one's money away" [syn: wanton away, trifle away]
4 become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously [syn: luxuriate]
5 engage in amorous play
6 behave extremely cruelly and brutally

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈwɑntən/
  • /"wAnt@n/


  1. a wanton person
  2. (archaic) a prostitute


  1. to act wantonly; become wanton
  2. to waste or squander, especially in pleasure (often with away).
    The young man wantoned away his inheritance.

Extensive Definition

Wanton may refer to: Definition: Reckless; Heartless, Unjustifiable; Loose in morals; A spoiled, pampered person

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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