[ wahyld ]
/ waɪld /
adjective, wild·er, wild·est.
living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated: a wild animal; wild geese.
growing or produced without cultivation or the care of humans, as plants, flowers, fruit, or honey: wild cherries.
uncultivated, uninhabited, or waste: wild country.
uncivilized or barbarous: wild tribes.
of unrestrained violence, fury, intensity, etc.; violent; furious: wild strife; wild storms.
characterized by or indicating violent feelings or excitement, as actions or a person's appearance: wild cries; a wild look.
frantic or distracted; crazy: to drive someone wild.
violently or uncontrollably affected: wild with rage; wild with pain.
undisciplined, unruly, or lawless: a gang of wild boys.
unrestrained, untrammeled, or unbridled: wild enthusiasm.
disregardful of moral restraints as to pleasurable indulgence: He repented his wild youth.
unrestrained by reason or prudence: wild schemes.
amazing or incredible: Isn't that wild about Bill getting booted out of the club?
disorderly or disheveled: wild hair.
wide of the mark: He scored on a wild throw.
Informal. intensely eager or enthusiastic: wild to get started; wild about the new styles.
Cards. (of a card) having its value decided by the wishes of the players.
Metallurgy. (of molten metal) generating large amounts of gas during cooling, so as to cause violent bubbling.
in a wild manner; wildly.
Often wilds. an uncultivated, uninhabited, or desolate region or tract; waste; wilderness; desert: a cabin in the wild; a safari to the wilds of Africa.
verb (used with object), wild·ed, wild·ing.
to travel around as a group, attacking or assaulting (people) in a random and violent way: The man was wilded and left for dead.
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Idioms for wild
- in a natural state or in the wilderness.
- in the real world; in real life:language learning in the classroom and in the wild.
blow wild, (of an oil or gas well) to spout in an uncontrolled way, as in a blowout.Compare blowout(def 4).
in the wild,
- to grow unchecked: The rambler roses are running wild.
- to show lack of restraint or control: Those children are allowed to run wild.
Origin of wild
before 900; Middle English, Old English wilde; cognate with Dutch, German wild, Old Norse villr, Swedish vild, Gothic wiltheis
SYNONYMS FOR wild
OTHER WORDS FROM wild
wild·ly, adverbwild·ness, nounhalf-wild, adjectivehalf-wild·ly, adverb
half-wild·ness, nouno·ver·wild, adjectiveo·ver·wild·ly, adverbo·ver·wild·ness, nounsem·i·wild, adjectivesem·i·wild·ly, adverbsem·i·wild·ness, nounun·wild, adjectiveun·wild·ly, adverbun·wild·ness, noun
Words nearby wild
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British Dictionary definitions for run wild (1 of 2)
/ (waɪld) /
Jonathan. ?1682–1725, British criminal, who organized a network of thieves, highwaymen, etc, while also working as an informer: said to have sent over a hundred men to the gallows before being hanged himself
British Dictionary definitions for run wild (2 of 2)
/ (waɪld) /
(of animals) living independently of man; not domesticated or tame
(of plants) growing in a natural state; not cultivated
uninhabited or uncultivated; desolatea wild stretch of land
living in a savage or uncivilized waywild tribes
lacking restraintwild merriment
of great violence or intensitya wild storm
disorderly or chaoticwild thoughts; wild talk
dishevelled; untidywild hair
in a state of extreme emotional intensitywild with anger
not calculated; randoma wild guess
unconventional; fantastic; crazywild friends
(postpositive foll by about) informal intensely enthusiastic or excited
(of a card, such as a joker or deuce in some games) able to be given any value the holder pleasesjacks are wild
wild and woolly
- rough; untamed; barbarous
- (of theories, plans, etc) not fully thought out
in a wild manner
- to grow without cultivation or care
- to behave without restraint
(often plural) a desolate, uncultivated, or uninhabited region
- a free natural state of living
- the wilderness
Derived forms of wildwildish, adjectivewildly, adverbwildness, noun
Word Origin for wild
Old English wilde; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wildi, Old Norse villr, Gothic wiltheis
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Idioms and Phrases with run wild (1 of 2)
see run amok.
Idioms and Phrases with run wild (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with wild
- wild about, be
- wild card
- wild goose chase
- wild horses couldn't drag me
- wild oats
- wild pitch
- go hog wild
- go wilding
- run amok (wild)
- sow one's wild oats
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