wanton Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"wanton" in British English

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uk   /ˈwɒn.tən/  us   /ˈwɑːn.tən/

wanton adjective (WITHOUT CARE)

formal (of something ​bad, such as ​damage, cruelty, ​waste) ​extreme and ​showing no ​care at all: wanton ​destruction of ​humanlife a wanton ​disregard for ​safety wanton ​extravagance

wanton adjective (SEXUAL)

old use or humorous (of a woman) ​behaving or ​appearing in a very ​sexual way
adverb uk   us   /-li/
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/ old use or humorous
(Definition of wanton from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wanton" in American English

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 us   /ˈwɑn·tən, ˈwɔn-/
causing ​harm or ​acting without ​showingcare for ​others, often ​intentionally: He ​displayed a wanton ​disregard for the ​facts.
(Definition of wanton from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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