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Synonyms for wayward
ˈweɪ wərd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward(adj)

    resistant to guidance or discipline

    "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"

    Synonyms:
    depraved, obdurate, unrepentant, obstinate, perverted, reprobate, stubborn, cussed, unregenerate, contrary, perverse, adverse

    Antonyms:
    obedient

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. wayward

    Perverse (Latin perversus, turned the wrong way) signifies wilfully wrong or erring, unreasonably set against right, reason, or authority. The stubborn or obstinate person will not do what another desires or requires; the perverse person will do anything contrary to what is desired or required of him. The petulant person frets, but may comply; the perverse individual may be smooth or silent, but is wilfully intractable. Wayward refers to a perverse disregard of morality and duty; froward is practically obsolete; untoward is rarely heard except in certain phrases; as, untoward circumstances. Compare OBSTINATE.

    Synonyms:
    contrary, factious, fractious, froward, intractable, obstinate, perverse, petulant, stubborn, ungovernable, untoward, wilful

    Antonyms:
    accommodating, amenable, complaisant, compliant, genial, governable, kind, obliging

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. wayward

    Synonyms:
    willful, froward, perverse, refractory, disobedient, obstinate, stubborn

    Antonyms:
    docile, manageable, amenable

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. wayward(a.)

    Synonyms:
    perverse, froward, wilful, obstinate, headstrong, stubborn, intractable, unruly, cross-grained, refractory

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. wayward(a)

    Synonyms:
    disobedient, perverse, froward, willful, intractable, headstrong

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    capricious, unpredictable, incalculable, stubborn

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#230741froward

How to use wayward in a sentence?

  1. Australian Mark Hensby:

    I played well, I gave Australian Mark Hensby a lot of chances, i hit a couple of wayward ones, but I haven't played in a tournament in quite some time. You get a little nervy in the middle, but then I kind of settled down and hit some good shots.

  2. Sophocles:

    Of all human ills, greatest is fortune's wayward tyranny.

  3. Bernd Wiesberger:

    Towards the turn we found a couple of shots and then it was kind of smooth sailing, a couple of wayward shots here and there but all in all hit a lot of greens and didn't get in too much trouble.

  4. Director Matthew O’Neill:

    I think that the combination of physical discipline…. spoke to some of the things that Dwayne uses in his life to keep on the right track, he's been very public about -- there was a time where he was a wayward youth and there but for the grace of whatever he could have been in boot camp or in prison. So he sees the importance of second chances and the importance of using discipline to reform your life.

  5. William F Claire:

    I dream of wayward gulls and all landless lovers, rare moments of winter sun, peace, privacy, for everyone.


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