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wayward

[wey-werd] /ˈweɪ wərd/
adjective
1.
turned or turning away from what is right or proper; willful; disobedient:
a wayward son; wayward behavior.
2.
swayed or prompted by caprice; capricious:
a wayward impulse; to be wayward in one's affections.
3.
turning or changing irregularly; irregular:
a wayward breeze.
Origin of wayward
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of awayward. See away, -ward
Related forms
waywardly, adverb
waywardness, noun
unwayward, adjective
Synonyms
1. contrary, headstrong, stubborn, obstinate, unruly, refractory, intractable. See willful. 3. unsteady, inconstant, changeable.
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wayward

/ˈweɪwəd/
adjective
1.
wanting to have one's own way regardless of the wishes or good of others
2.
capricious, erratic, or unpredictable
Derived Forms
waywardly, adverb
waywardness, noun
Word Origin
C14: changed from awayward turned or turning away
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Word Origin and History for wayward
adj.

late 14c., shortening of aweiward "turned away," from away + -ward.

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