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Origin of wanton

1250–1300; Middle English wantowen literally, undisciplined, ill-reared, Old English wan- not + togen past participle of tēon to discipline, rear, cognate with German ziehen, Latin dūcere to lead; akin to tow1

OTHER WORDS FROM wanton

wan·ton·ly, adverbwan·ton·ness, nounun·wan·ton, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wanton

wanton won ton

Words nearby wanton

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British Dictionary definitions for wanton

wanton
/ (ˈwɒntən) /

adjective

noun

a licentious person, esp a woman
a playful or capricious person

verb

(intr) to behave in a wanton manner
(tr) to squander or waste

Derived forms of wanton

wantonly, adverbwantonness, noun

Word Origin for wanton

C13 wantowen (in the obsolete sense: unmanageable, unruly): from wan- (prefix equivalent to un- 1; related to Old English wanian to wane) + -towen, from Old English togen brought up, from tēon to bring up
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