wayward

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Etymology[edit]

way +‎ -ward

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wayward (comparative more wayward, superlative most wayward)

  1. given to wilful, perverse deviation from the expected norm; tending to stray
  2. obstinate, contrary and unpredictable
  3. (sports) not on target
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, BBC:
      Bulgaria's only attacking weapon was the wayward shooting of Martin Petrov, whereas England's attacking options were awash with movement in the shape of Rooney, Young and Walcott.

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