AskDefine | Define wayward

The Collaborative Dictionary

Wayward \Way"ward\, a. [OE. weiward, for aweiward, i. e., turned away. See Away, and -ward.] Taking one's own way; disobedient; froward; perverse; willful. [1913 Webster] My wife is in a wayward mood. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Wayward beauty doth not fancy move. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster] Wilt thou forgive the wayward thought? --Keble. [1913 Webster] -- Way"ward*ly, adv. -- Way"ward*ness, n. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wayward adj : resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior" [syn: contrary, obstinate, perverse]

Moby Thesaurus

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English

Pronunciation

  • /ˈweɪwɚd/
  • /"weIw@`d/

Adjective

  1. given to wilful, perverse deviation from the expected norm; tending to stray
  2. obstinate, contrary and unpredictable

Translations

given to wilful, perverse deviation from the expected norm; tending to stray
obstinate, contrary and unpredictable
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