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wanting

adjective want·ing \ ˈwän-tiŋ \

Definition of wanting

1 :not present or in evidence :absent
2 a :not being up to standards or expectations
b :lacking in ability or capacity :deficient

Examples of wanting in a Sentence

  1. we tried her cooking and found it to be very wanting

  2. at this time of year food for many wild animals is wanting

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First Known Use of wanting

15th century

wanting Synonyms

Synonyms
bastard, bush, bush-league, crummy (also crumby), deficient, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame, lousy, off, paltry, poor, punk, sour, suboptimal, subpar, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wack [slang], bad, wretched, wrong
Antonyms
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, fine, OK (or okay), passable, respectable, satisfactory, standard, tolerable
Related Words
abysmal, atrocious, awful, bitchin' [slang], brutal, damnable, deplorable, detestable, disastrous, dreadful, execrable, gnarly [slang], horrendous, horrible, pathetic, stinky, sucky [slang], terrible, unspeakable; defective, faulty, flawed; egregious, flagrant, gross; bum, cheesy, coarse, common, crappy [slang], cut-rate, junky, lesser, low-grade, low-rent, mediocre, miserable, reprehensible, rotten, rubbishy, second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, trashy; abominable, odious, vile; useless, valueless, worthless; inadequate, insufficient, lacking, meager (or meagre), mean, miserly, niggardly, scanty, shabby, short, skimp, skimpy, spare, stingy; miscreant, scurrilous, villainous; counterfeit, fake, phony (also phoney), sham
Near Antonyms
classic, classical; A1, bang-up, banner, boss [slang], capital, choice, crackerjack, dandy, divine, excellent, exceptional, fabulous, fine, first-class, first-rate, grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-test, jim-dandy, keen, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, par excellence, perfect, premium, prime, sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, unsurpassed, wonderful; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, special, sufficient; average, borderline, fair, mediocre, middling, minimal, so-so, unexceptional; suitable, useful, worthy; gratifying, satisfying

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wanting

preposition

Definition of wanting

1 :without
  • a book wanting a cover
2 :less, minus
  • a month wanting two days

Examples of wanting in a Sentence

  1. a mitten wanting its mate

First Known Use of wanting

15th century

wanting Synonyms

Synonyms
absent, minus, sans, without


WANTING Defined for English Language Learners

wanting

adjective

Definition of wanting for English Language Learners

  • : not having all that is needed or expected


WANTING Defined for Kids

wanting

adjective want·ing \ ˈwȯn-tiŋ , ˈwän- \

Definition of wanting for Students

:falling below a standard, hope, or need
  • The plan was found wanting.


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