Pronunciation: (won'tn), [key]
1. done, shown, used, etc., maliciously or unjustifiably: a wanton attack; wanton cruelty.
2. deliberate and without motive or provocation; uncalled-for; headstrong; willful: Why jeopardize your career in such a wanton way?
3. without regard for what is right, just, humane, etc.; careless; reckless: a wanton attacker of religious convictions.
4. sexually lawless or unrestrained; loose; lascivious; lewd: wanton behavior.
5. extravagantly or excessively luxurious, as a person, manner of living, or style.
6. luxuriant, as vegetation.
a. sportive or frolicsome, as children or young animals.
b. having free play: wanton breezes; a wanton brook.
a wanton or lascivious person, esp. a woman.
to behave in a wanton manner; become wanton.
to squander, esp. in pleasure (often fol. by away): to wanton away one's inheritance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.