Wayward Way"ward, a. [OE. weiward, for aweiward, i. e., turned away. See {Away}, and {-ward}.] Taking one's own way; disobedient; froward; perverse; willful. [1913 Webster]

My wife is in a wayward mood. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Wayward beauty doth not fancy move. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

Wilt thou forgive the wayward thought? --Keble. [1913 Webster] -- {Way"ward*ly}, adv. -- {Way"ward*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • waywardly — wayward ► ADJECTIVE ▪ self willed and unpredictable; perverse. DERIVATIVES waywardly adverb waywardness noun. ORIGIN shortening of obsolete awayward «turned away» …   English terms dictionary

  • waywardly — adverb see wayward …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • waywardly — See wayward. * * * …   Universalium

  • waywardly — adverb in a wayward manner …   Wiktionary

  • waywardly — adv. disobediently; irregularly, erratically …   English contemporary dictionary

  • waywardly — way·ward·ly …   English syllables

  • waywardly — adverb Etymology: Middle English weywardly, from weyward wayward + ly : in a wayward manner …   Useful english dictionary

  • wayward — waywardly, adv. waywardness, n. /way weuhrd/, adj. 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… …   Universalium

  • wayward — adjective Etymology: Middle English, short for awayward turned away, from away, adverb + ward Date: 14th century 1. following one s own capricious, wanton, or depraved inclinations ; ungovernable < a wayward child > 2. following no clear… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • waywardness — See waywardly. * * * …   Universalium

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