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wayward

[ wey-werd ]
/ ˈweɪ wərd /
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adjective

turned or turning away from what is right or proper; willful; disobedient: a wayward son; wayward behavior.
swayed or prompted by caprice; capricious: a wayward impulse; to be wayward in one's affections.
turning or changing irregularly; irregular: a wayward breeze.

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Origin of wayward

1350–1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of awayward. See away, -ward
SYNONYMS FOR wayward
3 unsteady, inconstant, changeable.
Related formsway·ward·ly, adverbway·ward·ness, nounun·way·ward, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wayward

wayward

/ (ˈweɪwəd) /

adjective

wanting to have one's own way regardless of the wishes or good of others
capricious, erratic, or unpredictable
Derived Formswaywardly, adverbwaywardness, noun

Word Origin for wayward

C14: changed from awayward turned or turning away
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Word Origin and History for wayward

wayward


adj.

late 14c., shortening of aweiward "turned away," from away + -ward.

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