wanton woman

wanton woman
profligate woman

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  • wanton — [wänt′ n] adj. [ME wantowen, var. of wantogen, wanton, irregular < OE wan , used as negative prefix < wan, lacking, deficient (see WANE) + togen, pp. of teon, to draw, educate, bring up (see TOW1)] 1. Obs. undisciplined; unmanageable [a… …   English World dictionary

  • wanton — wan|ton [ˈwɔntən US ˈwo:n , ˈwa:n ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: wan wrongly, badly (from Old English wan lacking ) + towen, past participle of tee to pull, bring up, educate (11 16 centuries) (from Old English teon)] 1.) deliberately harming… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wanton — adjective 1 wanton cruelty, destruction etc deliberately harms someone or damages something for no reason: an act of wanton aggression 2 old fashioned a wanton woman is considered immoral because she has sex with a lot of men 3 formal… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • wanton — wan|ton [ wantən ] adjective 1. ) causing harm or damage for no reason: a trail of wanton destruction 2. ) OLD FASHIONED a wanton woman has sex with a lot of men. This word shows that you think this behavior is immoral. ╾ wan|ton|ly adverb ╾… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wanton — UK [ˈwɒntən] / US [ˈwɑntən] adjective 1) formal causing harm or damage for no reason a trail of wanton destruction 2) old fashioned, showing disapproval a wanton woman has sex with a lot of men Derived words: wantonly adverb wantonness noun… …   English dictionary

  • Wanton — Wan ton, n. 1. A roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; used rarely as a term of endearment. [1913 Webster] I am afeard you make a wanton of me. Shak. [1913 Webster] Peace, my wantons; he will do More than you can aim unto. B. Jonson. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wanton — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a cruel or violent action) deliberate and unprovoked. 2) sexually immodest or promiscuous. 3) literary growing profusely; luxuriant. ► NOUN archaic ▪ a sexually immodest or promiscuous woman. DERIVATIVES wantonly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • wanton — [[t]wɒ̱ntən[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A wanton action deliberately causes harm, damage, or waste without having any reason to. ...this unnecessary and wanton destruction of our environment... Wanton violence is now becoming a regular feature of… …   English dictionary

  • wanton — wantonly, adv. wantonness, n. /won tn/, adj. 1. done, shown, used, etc., maliciously or unjustifiably: a wanton attack; wanton cruelty. 2. deliberate and without motive or provocation; uncalled for; headstrong; willful: Why jeopardize your career …   Universalium

  • wanton — wan•ton [[t]ˈwɒn tn[/t]] adj. 1) done maliciously or unjustifiably: wanton cruelty[/ex] 2) deliberate and without motive; unprovoked: a wanton attack[/ex] 3) without regard for what is right, just, etc.; reckless: wanton assassination of a person …   From formal English to slang

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