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Wanton, subst. 1) one apt to play and dally; a merry rogue, a tomboy: “her hair . . . played with her breath; O modest --s!” Lucr. 401. “nay then, the w. lies,” Gent. V, 2, 10. “your worship's a w.” Wiv. II, 2, 57. “a whitely w.” LLL III, 198. “tarry, rash w.” Mids. II, 1, 63. “shall we play the --s with our woes,” R2 III, 3, 164. “let --s light of heart tickle the senseless rushes,” Rom. I, 4, 35. “no further than a --'s bird,” II, 2, 178. “down, --s, down,” Lr. II, 4, 126.
2) one brought up in luxury, an effeminate boy: “a beardless boy, a cockered silken w.” John V, 1, 70. “young w. and effeminate boy,” R2 V, 3, 10. “you make a w. of me,” Hml. V, 2, 310. “not so citizen a w. as to seem to die ere sick,” Cymb. IV, 2, 8.
3) a lascivious woman: “not to knit my soul to an approved w.” Ado IV, 1, 45. “to lip a w. in a secure couch,” Oth. IV, 1, 72. Perhaps also in LLL III, 198.
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