adjective \ˈwā-wərd\

: tending to behave in ways that are not socially acceptable

: not going or moving in the intended direction

Full Definition of WAYWARD

:  following one's own capricious, wanton, or depraved inclinations :  ungovernable <a wayward child>
:  following no clear principle or law :  unpredictable
:  opposite to what is desired or expected :  untoward <wayward fate>
way·ward·ly adverb
way·ward·ness noun

Examples of WAYWARD

  1. parents of a wayward teenager
  2. <had always been the most wayward of their three children>

Origin of WAYWARD

Middle English, short for awayward turned away, from away, adverb + -ward
First Known Use: 14th century


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