adjective, wild·er, wild·est.
verb (used with object), wild·ed, wild·ing.
- in a natural state or in the wilderness.
- in the real world; in real life:language learning in the classroom and 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
Synonyms for wild
Antonyms for wild
Related Words for wildsavage, primitive, natural, lush, free, barbarian, waste, desert, overrun, native, crazy, irrational, nuts, rash, madcap, eager, rough, raving, berserk, profligate
Examples from the Web for wild
Contemporary Examples of wild
He has wild swings between trying not to care about Lana and the baby, and being completely obsessed by it.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
The sound of birds, quail, even doe, make a wild grid of noise.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Exactly when the transition to modern domestic creature took place, for a bird that is wild to this day, is controversial.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
It is wild that something that would seem to be so scandalous would just disappear from the press.Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline
December 16, 2014
The effect of this, and of Wild, Dern says, is that a conversation about grief may finally be beginning.Crying With Laura Dern: The Star on Her Oscar-Worthy ‘Wild’ Turn
December 3, 2014
Historical Examples of wild
And the wild ducklings are out on the pool, and the woods are full of song.
Wild, Quixotic notions of sacrifice flooded his mood of dejection.
The other idea was absurd—too wild for serious consideration.
Twas a wild goose chase, and I wot not what moved me to run after it.
Therewith, spite of the wild dress, Dennet knew the eyes and the voice.
- rough; untamed; barbarous
- (of theories, plans, etc) not fully thought out
- to grow without cultivation or care
- to behave without restraint
- a free natural state of living
- the wilderness
Word Origin for wild
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.
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