Adjective "wayward" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Difficult to control or predict because of wilful or perverse behaviour.
  1. figurative 'his wayward emotions'
  2. 'Spacey plays a man involved with a wayward woman, a selfish, drunken slutty type.'
  3. 'I liked it better when it was a home for wayward boys and girls!'
  4. 'Many believe that the law will destroy efforts to reform a wayward youth.'
  5. 'This was supposed to be a feel-good story about a mission to save a wayward cow.'
  6. 'She takes the rap for her wayward brother, going to jail for his crimes.'
  7. 'He confessed that he had been fed up with the wayward habits of his elder brother and that was the reason he killed him.'
  8. 'He then had to deal with the increasingly wayward behaviour of his younger daughter, Joanna.'
  9. 'Later he was even prepared to rule that wayward parents should be sent on special parenting courses to teach them how to behave better.'
  10. 'Still, she did a great job of taking the media spotlight off her wayward brother, Michael.'
  11. 'Anyone who has had to manage wayward or unruly livestock will know that the easiest way to do so is with food.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be wayward on upsides."

"people can be wayward in lines."

"people can be wayward in lengths."

"people can be wayward."

"youths can be wayward."

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Late Middle English: shortening of obsolete awayward ‘turned away’; compare with froward.