Even in the middle of a big urban area, the river valleys had a wildness that reminded him of home in Alabama.
I was sick of his lateness and his wildness and sick of all that pain.
I hid out for weeks in my wilderness, now just a small vulnerable island of wildness, but at the time it felt huge.
Ybarra had also pondered the allure of this kind of wildness.
Her gay freaks were quite gone, her wildness, her invention.
It was the kind of wildness which people do not talk about—at least, not nice people.
All was calm—but there was a wildness in the sky like that of anger, which boded evil passions on the part of the atmosphere.
There is a fire in his eye, but it is inspiration, not wildness.
The wildness of that one night in the old Abbey seemed to have power to govern all her life to come.
In vain did he dwell on the wildness of the country, and the difficulties of travel there for a lady.
Old English wilde "in the natural state, uncultivated, undomesticated," from Proto-Germanic *wilthijaz (cf. Old Saxon wildi, Old Norse villr, Old Frisian wilde, Dutch wild, Old High German wildi, German wild, Gothic wilþeis "wild," German Wild (n.) "game"), probably from PIE *ghwelt- (cf. Welsh gwyllt "untamed"), related to the base of Latin ferus (see fierce).
Ursula ... hath bin at all the Salsbury rasis, dancing like wild with Mr Clarks. [letter, 1674]Meaning "sexually dissolute, loose" is attested from mid-13c. U.S. slang sense of "exciting, excellent" is recorded from 1955. The noun meaning "uncultivated or desolate region" is first attested 1590s in the wilds. Baseball wild pitch is recorded from 1867. Wildest dreams first attested 1961 (in Carson McCullers). Wild West first recorded 1849. Wild Turkey brand of whiskey (Austin Nichols Co.) in use from 1942.
"to run wild," Old English awildian (see wild (adj.)). Wilding in the teen gang sense first recorded 1989.
Excellent; exciting; wonderful; cool (1950s+ Cool talk)