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[wil-der] /ˈwɪl dər/ Archaic.
verb (used with object)
to cause to lose one's way.
to bewilder.
verb (used without object)
to lose one's way.
to be bewildered.
Origin of wilder1
1605-15; perhaps extracted from wilderness; intransitive use probably by association with wander
Related forms
wilderment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wildered
Historical Examples
  • wildered in a maze of wonders, he knew not what to conjecture.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
  • Natheless, 't was no prince led the wildered folk in the Vision.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • Then I began to see Stephen in thy face—and I was 'wildered sore.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • An atom of thy creation, wildered in the mazes of ignorance and woe, would bow to thy decrees.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
  • Recovering, she slightly raised herself, leant upon the marble margin of the fountain, and looked about her with a wildered air.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • Could you but concentrate yourselves, you too, O northern lights, might lend your aid to guide the wildered wanderer!

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • Now it lies all wildered on the ground, and its immature berries twine themselves round the nearest bushes.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • When a bard or wildered minstrel writes so, best accept his own confession, that he is losing his head.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And Goodwife Dolly, tell her I'll never forget how she cosseted the wildered lamb.'

    The Herd Boy and His Hermit Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for wildered


verb (archaic)
to lead or be led astray
to bewilder or become bewildered
Derived Forms
wilderment, noun
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin


Billy, real name Samuel Wilder. 1906–2002, US film director and screenwriter, born in Austria. His films include Double Indemnity (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945), Sunset Boulevard (1950), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Some Like it Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), and Buddy Buddy (1981)
Thornton. 1897–1975 US novelist and dramatist. His works include the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) and the play The Skin of Our Teeth (1942)
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