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Examples of wayward in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of wayward, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - resistant to guidance or discipline

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EXAMPLES - Wayward in a Sentence

  1. A Mormon indoctrination center for "wayward" kids? (source)
  2. PARIS - The United States used to call wayward members of (source)
  3. He didnt sway 'wayward' women by pointing accusatory fingers in their faces. (source)
  4. [William, the "wayward" son, also became a useful minister in his later years.] (source)
  5. And when a Republican steps out of line ... there is a dressing down of the 'wayward' acolyte. (source)
  6. Or that of the Old Testament prophets who called wayward people to task with unsparing honesty? (source)
  7. Long story short: They were quasi-prisons in Ireland for "wayward" girls and women, run by nuns. (source)
  8. A couple of catches that went down cost us the game, coupled with something you could describe as wayward bowling. (source)
  9. "A couple of catches that went down cost us the game, coupled with something you could describe as wayward bowling." (source)
  10. As her black-ringed tail slipped around the far edge of the cottage, he dropped his basket and called the wayward cat. (source)
  11. Waylon was the clear winner, possibly because it sounds like "wayward" which is what lots of folks think the bay visitor is. (source)
  12. Europeans can't ignore the specificity of savage murders of "wayward" girls who want the freedoms of their adopted countries. (source)
  13. The families they ran from in Ireland eventually came to terms with the 'wayward' daughters and acknowledged their achievement. (source)
  14. "Someone's Gonna Rescue You" is not exactly Young's finest compositional hour a directionless tune sung partly in wayward falsetto. (source)
  15. Please tell me what in the world BET has to do with this story about the KKK or about those so-called wayward children in Nashville? (source)
  16. I have a kind of wayward wish to be with you ten minutes by yourself, though what I would say, Heaven above knows, for I am sure I know not. (source)
  17. This was a popular 19th C theme in paintings, the 'wayward' daughter and the stern, unbending father, despite the urgent pleas of his family. (source)
  18. With no authority to rein in "wayward" thought, opposing sides on controversial issues appeal to the same text but interpret it in very different ways. (source)
  19. Durocher gasped when he read it in the newspaper and promptly called his wayward prodigy to ask, in no uncertain terms, if he was out of his fucking mind. (source)
  20. We try to regulate against possible 'wayward' behaviours but all we do is make the slip of grains down the sand pile more dramatic when it is eventually released. (source)
  21. Among the plaintiffs named in the lawsuit is Rozanne Thomasian, whose daughter was 12 when the truancy court first declared her "wayward" for missing too much school. (source)
  22. My students and I often joke about the Chris Farley Saturday Night Live flick where the parents bring in Chris to give a "motivational speech" to their "wayward" teens. (source)
  23. You both remind me of the prophet Jeremiah, who spent his whole life calling a wayward people to repentance in turning from life-habits that would eventually destroy them. (source)
  24. 75: Ibrahimovic lines in a shot from a cruelly acute angle, but Derek Rae's quick cascade of words - "shiver," "trepidation," "wayward" - roughly tells the story of its fate. (source)
  25. It's one thing to break from one's upbringing, if one is raised out of the limelight; however, to be the "wayward" son of a famous evangelist, must be something else altogether. (source)
  26. A European Parliament resolution condemning the Zimbabwean government's crackdown on political dissent stems from a "wayward" campaign by Britain and "gay gangsters," the government said (source)
  27. Illinois voters tonight are favoring giving themselves a limited ability to recall wayward governors should the state encounter another Rod Blagojevich or George Ryan in the coming decades. (source)
  28. There were a few stories here and there but not anything near the earth shattering coverage of Obama's "wayward" pastor who told the truth when he said 9-11 was the "chickens coming home to roost." (source)
  29. Those "wayward" impulses are, as far as we're concerned, in a healthy individual, simply signals of the system's requirements -- to fight a threat, to feed a hunger, to know that it is alive by living life to the full. (source)
  30. The book is set during and immediately after WWII in Coventry, England and it is centered on Martha Vine and her seven daughters, particularly the youngest Cassie, who they describe as "wayward" and "fey," and her son, Frank. (source)
  31. Moreover, she was rather what might be called wayward-I'll go so far as to say what I should call wayward myself, 'said Mr. Omer;' - didn't know her own mind quite-a little spoiled-and couldn't, at first, exactly bind herself down. (source)
  32. This is true of E.M. Forster who lived until he was ninety and who had become a kind of wayward holy man by the time he was seventy: a status he would hardly have achieved in France, for example, where old age is often publicly derided. (source)
  33. Moreover, she was rather what might be called wayward - I'll go so far as to say what I should call wayward myself, 'said Mr. Omer;' - didn't know her own mind quite - a little spoiled - and couldn't, at first, exactly bind herself down. (source)
  34. LA Lakers cheerleading squad the Laker Girls known to ogle the skimpily dressed Laker Girls on previous visits to unless his wife Vicki B. comes along for the ride got caught casting a few "wayward" glances at the ladies again at last night's (source)
  35. But instead of providing Jeremy with the support he needed, the Westerly School Department filed a petition with the state's family court asking that Jeremy be found "wayward" - a hopelessly technical term that few parents or kids understand - on the basis of his alleged (source)
  36. As for our little Madelon, the small, round, pinafored child was hardly recognisable in this slim little girl, in white frock, with brown hair that hung in short wayward tangling waves, instead of curling in soft ringlets all over her head; and yet Graham, who rarely forgot (source)
  37. It was kind of wayward, you know went to places but he was compelling and I thought Nick had this, this wonderful thing that very great actors have where they're able to open themselves out, you know, and they use, they kind of use the more vulnerable parts of themselves for the role. (source)
  38. Her mother, knowing better how the world goes on, promiscuously, and at leisure, and how the right point slides away when stronger forces come to bear, was very often vexed by the crotchets of the girl, and called her wayward, headstrong, and sometimes nothing milder than "a saucy miss." (source)
  39. Sorry, but the LAST thing the Anglican Communion needs is some kind of strict, inflexible hierarchical structure with a "big boss" at the top of the food chain with the authority to supposedly punish "wayward" churches, priests, or bishops who have been deemed by somebody to not be following the "party line," whatever the heck that may be. (source)
  40. Indeed, given the parochial concerns that members of Congress have with getting themselves re-elected, and given the power of the president to threaten and cajole members of Congress, it might be argued that Jefferson was prescient in seeing the need to provide an "outside-the-Beltway" avenue -- closer to the people -- for calling a wayward or criminal chief executive to account. (source)
  41. That report not only failed to come up with some possible leads as to who may have killed Dedya and why, but it was instead full of aspersions and innuendos about his reputation and way of life, virtually sifting the the blame for his murder on his "wayward" character, portraying him as a womanizer and an irresponsible person who made many enemies for himself, all of which were far from the truth. (source)
  42. By "wayward" I mean not just cute eccentrics or heavy-lidded vamps, but worse: girlfriends who contemplate murdering their lovers; wives who prefer their fathers-in-law to their husbands; mothers whose first instinct is to ditch the kids; mothers who cut their daughters and daughters who cut themselves; female chefs with no maternal instinct; and a houseful of French women who make Clare Boothe Luce's backbiting dames in The Women look like Brownie scouts. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 53.0, which suggests that "wayward" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.


We have 43 synonyms for wayward.

aberrant, arbitrary, balky, capricious, changeable, contumacious, cross-grained, delinquent, disobedient, disorderly, errant, erratic, fickle, flighty, fractious, froward, headstrong, immoral, inconstant, incorrigible, insubordinate, intractable, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, ornery, perverse, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, restive, self-indulgent, self-willed, stubborn, uncompliant, undependable, ungovernable, unpredictable, unruly, unstable, variable, whimsical, willful


We have 6 antonyms for wayward.

compliant, controllable, dependable, manageable, obedient, steady


Pronunciation: (wāˈwərd)

Syllabification: way-ward


View up to 25 definitions of wayward from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Given to or marked by willful, often perverse deviation from what is desired, expected, or required in order to gratify one's own impulses or inclinations. See Synonyms at unruly.
  2. (adjective) Swayed or prompted by caprice; unpredictable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) given to wilful, perverse deviation from the expected norm; tending to stray
  2. (adjective) obstinate, contrary and unpredictable
  3. (adjective) not on target

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Taking one's own way; disobedient; froward; perverse; willful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Full of caprices or whims; froward; perverse.
  2. (None) Irregular; vacillating; unsteady, undulating. or fluctuating: as, the wayward flight of certain birds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) resistant to guidance or discipline