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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [won-tn]
    • /ˈwɒn tn/
    • /ˈwɒn.tən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [won-tn]
    • /ˈwɒn tn/

Definitions of wantonly word

  • adjective wantonly done, shown, used, etc., maliciously or unjustifiably: a wanton attack; wanton cruelty. 1
  • adjective wantonly deliberate and without motive or provocation; uncalled-for; headstrong; willful: Why jeopardize your career in such a wanton way? 1
  • adjective wantonly without regard for what is right, just, humane, etc.; careless; reckless: a wanton attacker of religious convictions. 1
  • adjective wantonly sexually lawless or unrestrained; loose; lascivious; lewd: wanton behavior. 1
  • adjective wantonly extravagantly or excessively luxurious, as a person, manner of living, or style. 1
  • adjective wantonly luxuriant, as vegetation. 1

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Origin of wantonly

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English wantowen literally, undisciplined, ill-reared, Old English wan- not + togen past participle of tēon to discipline, rear, cognate with German ziehen, Latin dūcere to lead; akin to tow1

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Parts of speech for Wantonly


wantonly popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for wantonly

adverb wantonly

  • promiscuously — characterized by or involving indiscriminate mingling or association, especially having sexual relations with a number of partners on a casual basis.
  • lasciviously — inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd: a lascivious, girl-chasing old man.
  • lustfully — full of or motivated by lust, greed, or the like: He was an emperor lustful of power.
  • shamelessly — lacking any sense of shame: immodest; audacious.
  • licentiously — In a licentious manner, rowdily, overwhelmed by passion and without control of appetites (especially sexual appetites).

Antonyms for wantonly

adverb wantonly

  • chastely — refraining from sexual intercourse that is regarded as contrary to morality or religion; virtuous.
  • benignly — having a kindly disposition; gracious: a benign king.
  • incompletely — not complete; lacking some part.
  • secretly — done, made, or conducted without the knowledge of others: secret negotiations.
  • shamefully — causing shame: shameful behavior.

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