1. Wandering or roving in gaiety or sport; sportive; frolicsome; darting aside, or one way and the other. wanton boys kill flies for sport.
Not a wild and wanton herd.
2. Moving or flying loosely; playing in the wind.
She her unadorned golden tresses wore disheveld, but in wanton ringlets wavd.
3. Wandering from moral rectitude; licentious; dissolute; indulging in sensuality without restraint; as men grown wanton by prosperity.
My plenteous joys, wanton in fullness--
4. More appropriately, deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous.
Thou art froward by nature, enemy to peace, lascivious wanton
Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton James 5:5.
5. Disposed to unchastity; indicating wantonness. Isaiah 3:16.
6. Loose; unrestrained; running to excess.
How does your tongue grow wanton in her praise!
7. Luxuriant; overgrown.
What we by day lop overgrown, one night or two with wanton growth derides, tending to wild.
8. Extravagant; as wanton dress.
9. Not regular; not turned or formed with regularity.
The quaint mazes in the wanton green.
1. A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman.
2. A trifler; an insignificant flutterer.
3. A word of slight endearment.
Peace, my wanton--[Little used.]
WANTON, verb transitive
1. To rove and ramble without restraint, rule or limit; to revel; to play loosely.
Nature here wantond as in her prime.
Her golden tresses wanton in the wind.
2. To ramble in lewdness; to play lasciviously.
3. To move briskly and irregularly.