WANTON, a. 1. Wandering or roving in gaiety or sport; sportive; frolicsome; darting aside, or one way and the other. Wanton boys kill flies for sport.Not a wild and wanton herd.2. Moving or flying loosely; playing in the wind.She her unadorned golden tresses wore disheveld, but in wanton ringlets wavd.3. Wandering from moral rectitude; licentious; dissolute; indulging in sensuality without restraint; as men grown wanton by prosperity.My plenteous joys, wanton in fullness--4. More appropriately, deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous. Thou art froward by nature, enemy to peace, lascivious wanton.Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton. James 5.5. Disposed to unchastity; indicating wantonness. Isaiah 3.6. Loose; unrestrained; running to excess.How does your tongue grow wanton in her praise!7. Luxuriant; overgrown.What we by day lop overgrown, one night or two with wanton growth derides, tending to wild.8. Extravagant; as wanton dress.9. Not regular; not turned or formed with regularity.The quaint mazes in the wanton green.
WANTON, n. 1. A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman.2. A trifler; an insignificant flutterer.3. A word of slight endearment.Peace, my wanton--[Little used.]
WANTON, v.t. 1. To rove and ramble without restraint, rule or limit; to revel; to play loosely.Nature here wantond as in her prime.Her golden tresses wanton in the wind.2. To ramble in lewdness; to play lasciviously.3. To move briskly and irregularly.