Etymology
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wanton (adj.)

early 14c., wan-towen, "resistant to control; willful," from Middle English privative word-forming element wan- "wanting, lacking, deficient," from Old English wan-, which was used interchangeably with un- (1), and is cognate with Dutch wan- (as in wanbestuur "misgovernment," wanluid "discordant sound"), Swedish and Danish van-, from Proto-Germanic *wano- "lacking," from PIE *weno-, suffixed form of root *eue- "to leave, abandon, give out." Common in Old and Middle English, still present in 18c. glossaries of Scottish and Northern English; this word is its sole modern survival.

Second element is Middle English towen, from Old English togen, past participle of teon "to train, discipline;" literally "to pull, draw," from Proto-Germanic *teuhan (source also of Old High German ziohan "to pull," from Proto-Germanic *teuhan; see tug (v.)). The basic notion perhaps is "ill-bred, poorly brought up;" compare German ungezogen "ill-bred, rude, naughty," literally "unpulled." Especially of sexual indulgence from late 14c. Meaning "inhumane, merciless" is from 1510s. Related: Wantonly; wantonness.

As Flies to wanton Boyes are we to th' Gods, They kill vs for their sport. [Shakespeare, "Lear," 1605]

wanton (n.)

"one who is ill-behaved," mid-15c., especially "lascivious, lewd person" (1520s), from wanton (adj.).

wanton (v.)

"to revel, frolic unrestrainedly," 1580s, from wanton (adj.). Related: Wantoned; wantoning.

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Definitions of wanton
1
wanton (v.)
waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently;
Synonyms: piddle / wanton away / piddle away / trifle
wanton (v.)
indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life;
wanton (v.)
spend wastefully;
wanton one's money away
Synonyms: wanton away / trifle away
wanton (v.)
become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously;
Synonyms: luxuriate
wanton (v.)
engage in amorous play;
wanton (v.)
behave extremely cruelly and brutally;
2
wanton (adj.)
occurring without motivation or provocation; "unprovoked and dastardly attack"- F.D.Roosevelt;
Synonyms: motiveless / unprovoked
wanton (adj.)
casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior;
wanton behavior
Synonyms: easy / light / loose / promiscuous / sluttish
3
wanton (n.)
lewd or lascivious woman;
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