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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 wan·ton /ˈwɔntṇ, ˈwɑn-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wan·ton a.
 1. Untrained; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, loose; free; luxuriant; roving; sportive.  “In woods and wanton wilderness.” --Spenser. “A wild and wanton herd.” --Shak.
    A wanton and a merry [friar].   --Chaucer.
 [She] her unadorned golden tresses wore
 Disheveled, but in wanton ringlets waved.   --Milton.
    How does your tongue grow wanton in her praise!   --Addison.
 2. Wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute. “Men grown wanton by prosperity.”
 3. Specifically: Deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous; lecherous.
    Not with wanton looking of folly.   --Chaucer.
 [Thou art] froward by nature, enemy to peace,
 Lascivious, wanton.   --Shak.
 4. Reckless; heedless; as, wanton mischief.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wan·ton, n.
 1. A roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; -- used rarely as a term of endearment.
    I am afeard you make a wanton of me.   --Shak.
 Peace, my wantons; he will do
 More than you can aim unto.   --B. Jonson.
 2. One brought up without restraint; a pampered pet.
 Anything, sir,
 That's dry and wholesome; I am no bred wanton.   --Beau. & Fl.
 3. A lewd person; a lascivious man or woman.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wan·ton, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wantoned p. pr. & vb. n. Wantoning.]
 1. To rove and ramble without restraint, rule, or limit; to revel; to play loosely; to frolic.
    Nature here wantoned as in her prime.   --Milton.
    How merrily we would sally into the fields, and strip under the first warmth of the sun, and wanton like young dace in the streams!   --Lamb.
 2. To sport in lewdness; to play the wanton; to play lasciviously.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wan·ton, v. t. To cause to become wanton; also, to waste in wantonness.  [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: occurring without motivation or provocation; "motiveless
             malignity"; "unprovoked and dastardly attack"-
             F.D.Roosevelt [syn: motiveless, unprovoked]
      2: casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy
         virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women";
         "wanton behavior" [syn: easy, light, loose, promiscuous,
      n : lewd or lascivious woman
      v 1: waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently [syn: piddle,
            wanton away, piddle away, trifle]
      2: indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life
      3: spend wastefully; "wanton one's money away" [syn: wanton
         away, trifle away]
      4: become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously [syn: luxuriate]
      5: engage in amorous play
      6: behave extremely cruelly and brutally