Definition of wayward
- a wayward child
- wayward fate
parents of a wayward teenager
had always been the most wayward of their three children
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
balky, contrary, contumacious, defiant, disobedient, froward, incompliant, insubordinate, intractable, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, restive, ungovernable, unruly, untoward, willful (or wilful);
adamant, adamantine, dogged, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, peevish, pertinacious, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding;
: tending to behave in ways that are not socially acceptable
: not going or moving in the intended direction
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