Definition of wanton adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwɒntən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːntən//
    (formal) Immoral
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  1. 1[usually before noun] causing harm or damage deliberately and for no acceptable reason wanton destruction a wanton disregard for human life the wanton killing of innocent creatures
  2. 2(old-fashioned, disapproving) (usually of a woman) behaving in a very immoral way; having many sexual partners See related entries: Immoral
  3. Word OriginMiddle English wantowen ‘rebellious, lacking discipline’, from wan- ‘badly’ + Old English togen ‘trained’ (related to team and tow).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wanton