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way·ward

 (wā′wərd)
adj.
1. Deviating from what is desired, expected, or required, especially in being disobedient or in gratifying one's own inclinations: "a teacher taking pains with a wayward but promising child" (George Orwell).
2. Difficult or impossible to manage, control, or keep in order: a wayward strand of hair.
3. Going somewhere not intended or desired: a wayward golf shot; a wayward courier.
4. Following no clear pattern; unpredictable: "events that were often thought to be wayward, capricious, and inexplicable" (Marq de Villiers).

[Middle English, short for awaiward, turned away, perverse : awai, away; see away + -ward, -ward.]

way′ward·ly adv.
way′ward·ness n.

wayward

(ˈweɪwəd)
adj
1. wanting to have one's own way regardless of the wishes or good of others
2. capricious, erratic, or unpredictable
[C14: changed from awayward turned or turning away]
ˈwaywardly adv
ˈwaywardness n

way•ward

(ˈweɪ wərd)

adj.
1. disregarding or rejecting what is right or proper; willful; disobedient.
2. prompted by caprice; capricious: a wayward impulse.
3. changing unpredictably; erratic: a wayward breeze.
[1350–1400; Middle English; aph. variant of awayward. See away, -ward]
way′ward•ly, adv.
way′ward•ness, n.
syn: See willful.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wayward - resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"
disobedient - not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children"

wayward

wayward

adjective
Given to acting in opposition to others:
Translations
عاصٍ، صَعْب المِراس، مُتَمَرِّد
egenrådiguberegnelig
akaratos
einòykkur, òrjóskur, ódæll
neklusnus
ietiepīgskaprīzs
dik başlıisyankâr

wayward

[ˈweɪwəd] ADJ
1. (= wilful) [person] → rebelde; [behaviour] → díscolo, rebelde; [horse] → caprichoso, rebelde
she separated from her wayward husbandse separó del rebelde de su marido
2. (gen hum) (= unmanageable) [hair] → rebelde; [satellite, missile] → rebelde, incontrolable

wayward

[ˈweɪwərd] adjcapricieux/euse, entêté(e)

wayward

adj (= self-willed) child, horse, dispositioneigenwillig, eigensinnig; (= capricious) fancy, request, passionabwegig; (liter) stream, breezeunberechenbar, launisch (liter); their wayward sonihr ungeratener Sohn

wayward

[ˈweɪwəd] adj (self-willed) → ribelle, capriccioso/a

wayward

(ˈweiwəd) adjective
(of a child etc) self-willed and rebellious.
References in classic literature ?
The same day I called on Lady Janet to thank her, and encountered a new revelation of the wayward and original character of my dear old aunt.
Let him who calls me wild beast and basilisk, leave me alone as something noxious and evil; let him who calls me ungrateful, withhold his service; who calls me wayward, seek not my acquaintance; who calls me cruel, pursue me not; for this wild beast, this basilisk, this ungrateful, cruel, wayward being has no kind of desire to seek, serve, know, or follow them.
That odd sort of wayward mood I am speaking of, comes over a man only in some time of extreme tribulation; it comes in the very midst of his earnestness, so that what just before might have seemed to him a thing most momentous, now seems but a part of the general joke.
For, if you reflect a moment, you will see that, while it is easy to choose what virtues we would have our wife possess, it is all but impossible to imagine those faults we would desire in her, which I think most lovers would admit add piquancy to the loved one, that fascinating wayward imperfection which paradoxically makes her perfect.
Little Barbara was not of a wayward or capricious nature, and, being full of remorse, melted into tears.
He was a strange wayward being, moody, fitful, and melancholy--at times almost morose.
Patient of toil, not to be disheartened by impediments and disappointments, fertile in expedients, and versed in every mode of humoring and conquering the wayward current, they would ply every exertion, sometimes in the boat, sometimes on shore, sometimes in the water, however cold; always alert, always in good humor; and, should they at any time flag or grow weary, one of their popular songs, chanted by a veteran oarsman, and responded to in chorus, acted as a never- failing restorative.
While I thus stood, leaning on my gun, and looking up at the dark gables, sunk in an idle reverie, weaving a tissue of wayward fancies, in which old associations and the fair young hermit, now within those walls, bore a nearly equal part, I heard a slight rustling and scrambling just within the garden; and, glancing in the direction whence the sound proceeded, I beheld a tiny hand elevated above the wall: it clung to the topmost stone, and then another little hand was raised to take a firmer hold, and then appeared a small white forehead, surmounted with wreaths of light brown hair, with a pair of deep blue eyes beneath, and the upper portion of a diminutive ivory nose.
You can only stay long enough to humor the creature's wayward fancy, and to keep his crazy brain quiet for a time.
He took to Heathcliff strangely, believing all he said (for that matter, he said precious little, and generally the truth), and petting him up far above Cathy, who was too mischievous and wayward for a favourite.
I cannot say at what stage of my grief it first became associated with the reflection, that, in my wayward boyhood, I had thrown away the treasure of her love.
Clever and foolish, naughty and good, you take us all in your motherly lap and hush our wayward crying.