- sportive or frolicsome, as children or young animals.
- having free play: wanton breezes; a wanton brook.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
SYNONYMS FOR wanton
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Origin of wanton
OTHER WORDS FROM wantonwan·ton·ly, adverbwan·ton·ness, nounun·wan·ton, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wantonwanton , won ton
Example sentences from the Web for wanton
If Brett Hankison’s behavior was wanton endangerment to people in neighboring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor’s apartment too.Protesters hit the streets for a second night after officers aren’t charged with killing Breonna Taylor|Fabiola Cineas|September 25, 2020|Vox
Now his people were wantonly punished for resisting the expulsion; for seeking to reverse it.
Yet are there people so wantonly in need of sport as to do so.Adventures and Enthusiasms|E. V. Lucas
Therefore he kills them only as necessity and the exigencies of life demand, and not wantonly.Red Hunters And the Animal People|Charles A. Eastman
Cruel and oppressive she wantonly abuses the rights of man, and willingly sacrifices her liberty upon the altar of slavery.Anti-Slavery Opinions before the Year 1800|William Frederick Poole
But the heathen, instead of making use of this light, wantonly extinguished it.The Life of St. Paul|James Stalker
Some professed to believe that the colts had been wantonly poisoned.A Busy Year at the Old Squire's|Charles Asbury Stephens