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[ wahyld ]


, wild·er, wild·est.
  1. living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated:

    a wild animal;

    wild geese.

    Synonyms: ferocious, unbroken

    Antonyms: tame

  2. growing or produced without cultivation or the care of humans, as plants, flowers, fruit, or honey:

    wild cherries.

  3. uncultivated, uninhabited, or waste:

    wild country.

  4. uncivilized or barbarous:

    wild tribes.

    Synonyms: savage, barbarian

  5. of unrestrained violence, fury, intensity, etc.; violent; furious:

    wild strife;

    wild storms.

    Synonyms: turbulent, frenzied, stormy, tempestuous

  6. characterized by or indicating violent feelings or excitement, as actions or a person's appearance:

    wild cries;

    a wild look.

    Synonyms: boisterous

  7. frantic or distracted; crazy:

    to drive someone wild.

    Synonyms: insane

  8. violently or uncontrollably affected:

    wild with rage;

    wild with pain.

  9. undisciplined, unruly, or lawless:

    a gang of wild boys.

    Synonyms: self-willed, wayward, unrestrained, riotous

  10. unrestrained, untrammeled, or unbridled:

    wild enthusiasm.

    Synonyms: uncontrollable

  11. disregardful of moral restraints as to pleasurable indulgence:

    He repented his wild youth.

  12. unrestrained by reason or prudence:

    wild schemes.

    Synonyms: rash, reckless, impracticable, extravagant

  13. amazing or incredible:

    Isn't that wild about Bill getting booted out of the club?

    Synonyms: fanciful, strange, bizarre, grotesque

  14. disorderly or disheveled:

    wild hair.

    Synonyms: unkempt

  15. wide of the mark:

    He scored on a wild throw.

  16. Informal. intensely eager or enthusiastic:

    wild to get started;

    wild about the new styles.

  17. Cards. (of a card) having its value decided by the wishes of the players.
  18. Metallurgy. (of molten metal) generating large amounts of gas during cooling, so as to cause violent bubbling.


  1. in a wild manner; wildly.


  1. 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.
  1. to travel around as a group, attacking or assaulting (people) in a random and violent way:

    The man was wilded and left for dead.



/ waɪld /


  1. (of animals) living independently of man; not domesticated or tame
  2. (of plants) growing in a natural state; not cultivated
  3. uninhabited or uncultivated; desolate

    a wild stretch of land

  4. living in a savage or uncivilized way

    wild tribes

  5. lacking restraint

    wild merriment

  6. of great violence or intensity

    a wild storm

  7. disorderly or chaotic

    wild thoughts

    wild talk

  8. dishevelled; untidy

    wild hair

  9. in a state of extreme emotional intensity

    wild with anger

  10. reckless

    wild speculations

  11. not calculated; random

    a wild guess

  12. unconventional; fantastic; crazy

    wild friends

  13. informal.
    postpositivefoll byabout intensely enthusiastic or excited
  14. (of a card, such as a joker or deuce in some games) able to be given any value the holder pleases

    jacks are wild

  15. wild and woolly
    1. rough; untamed; barbarous
    2. (of theories, plans, etc) not fully thought out


  1. in a wild manner
  2. run wild
    1. to grow without cultivation or care
    2. to behave without restraint


  1. often plural a desolate, uncultivated, or uninhabited region
  2. the wild
    1. a free natural state of living
    2. the wilderness



/ waɪld /


  1. WildJonathan?16821725MBritishCRIME AND POLICING: criminal 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

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Derived Forms

  • ˈwildish, adjective
  • ˈwildly, adverb
  • ˈwildness, noun

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Other Words From

  • wildly adverb
  • wildness noun
  • half-wild adjective
  • half-wildly adverb
  • half-wildness noun
  • over·wild adjective
  • over·wildly adverb
  • over·wildness noun
  • semi·wild adjective
  • semi·wildly adverb
  • semi·wildness noun
  • un·wild adjective
  • un·wildly adverb
  • un·wildness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of wild1

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English wilde; cognate with Dutch, German wild, Old Norse villr, Swedish vild, Gothic wiltheis

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Word History and Origins

Origin of wild1

Old English wilde; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wildi, Old Norse villr, Gothic wiltheis

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. blow wild, (of an oil or gas well) to spout in an uncontrolled way, as in a blowout. Compare blowout ( def 4 ).
  2. in the wild,
    1. in a natural state or in the wilderness.
    2. in the real world; in real life:

      language learning in the classroom and in the wild.

  3. run wild,
    1. to grow unchecked:

      The rambler roses are running wild.

    2. to show lack of restraint or control:

      Those children are allowed to run wild.

More idioms and phrases containing wild

  • go hog wild
  • go wilding
  • run amok (wild)
  • sow one's wild oats

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Example Sentences

Still, in an ozone-polluted environment in the wild, tobacco hawkmoths would have to be close enough to a tobacco flower to see it to learn its altered scent, and Knaden isn’t sure how often that will occur.

The machine learning adds just enough of a wild card on top of the scripted tracks to give each user a unique mix.

That’s a wild claim until you consider that the series’ spin-off has been attracting more viewers than would-be franchise contenders like “Real Housewives” and “Below Deck.”

From Digiday

When people put eggs in the wild, there’s no antibiotic, so daughters die.

Tesla, the pioneer of the category, has experienced wild stock growth over the past 12 months, culminating in the expectation that it will join the S&P 500.

From Fortune

He has wild swings between trying not to care about Lana and the baby, and being completely obsessed by it.

The sound of birds, quail, even doe, make a wild grid of noise.

Exactly when the transition to modern domestic creature took place, for a bird that is wild to this day, is controversial.

It is wild that something that would seem to be so scandalous would just disappear from the press.

Everyone who saw Beasts of the Southern Wild knows Wallis is a unique talent, but still, no one saw this coming.

They are so rich in harmony, so weird, so wild, that when you hear them you are like a sea-weed cast upon the bosom of the ocean.

The white men served their smoking cannon with a wild energy that, for a time, made the gallant nine equal to a thousand.

A cricket-match was in progress, but the bowling and batting were extremely wild, thanks to The Warren strong beer.

People are busy ballooning or driving; shooting like stars along railroads; or migrating like swallows or wild-geese.

Suddenly he shot a disturbing glance at Tressan's face, and the corner of his wild-cat mustachios twitched.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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