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Related to waywardness: preoccupied
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.]
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Waywardnessof haywards: a company of haywards—Bk. of St. Albans. 1486; of herdsmen—Lipton, 1970.
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waywardness[ˈweɪwərdnɪs] n → entêtement m
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