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

 

wayward

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈweɪwəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈweɪwərd//
 
(formal)
 
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difficult to control synonym headstrong a wayward child wayward emotions Word Origin late Middle English: shortening of obsolete awayward ‘turned away’.
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