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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