wayward

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈweɪwərd/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈweɪwɚd/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(wāwərd)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
way•ward /ˈweɪwɚd/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. stubborn;
    disobedient;
    a wayward son.
  2. changing or unpredictable, esp. without apparent reason;
    erratic:a wayward breeze; a wayward impulse.
way•ward•ly, adv. 
way•ward•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
way•ward  (wāwərd),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. turned or turning away from what is right or proper;
    willful;
    disobedient:a wayward son; wayward behavior.
  2. swayed or prompted by caprice;
    capricious:a wayward impulse; to be wayward in one's affections.
  3. turning or changing irregularly;
    irregular:a wayward breeze.
wayward•ly, adv. 
wayward•ness, n. 
  • 1350–1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of awayward. See away, -ward
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged contrary, headstrong, stubborn, obstinate, unruly, refractory, intractable. See  willful. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unsteady, inconstant, changeable.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
wayward /ˈweɪwəd/ adj
  1. wanting to have one's own way regardless of the wishes or good of others
  2. capricious, erratic, or unpredictable
Etymology: 14th Century: changed from awayward turned or turning away

ˈwaywardly adv ˈwaywardness n
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