wayward

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shortening of away +‎ -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
    • 2004 October 1, Helen Pilcher, “Laughter in the lab”, in Nature, DOI:10.1038/news040927-20:
      The Ig Nobel awards are arguably the highlight of the scientific calendar. The prizes, which are the wayward son of the more righteous Nobels, are supposed to reward research that makes people laugh, then think.
  2. obstinate, contrary and unpredictable
  3. (sports) not on target
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in BBC[1]:
      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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