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  1. having an angry, insane, or distressed expression in the eyes.

  2. extremely irrational, senseless, or radical: a wild-eyed scheme.

Origin of wild-eyed

First recorded in 1810–20

Words Nearby wild-eyed

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How to use wild-eyed in a sentence

  • The durbar brought out princes and princelings from east, south and west, and even three or four wild-eyed ameers from the north.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
  • She saw her father rush out, wild-eyed, and the long blade of the knife gleamed blue in the moonlight.

    Six Women | Victoria Cross
  • Poor wild-eyed Pittsburgo shot and killed himself today in his room in front of the portrait of the beautiful Italian singer.

    Polly the Pagan | Isabel Anderson
  • Five minutes later, wild-eyed and hilarious, they descended on the clubhouse with the miraculous news.

    Murder in Any Degree | Owen Johnson
  • His horse had not backed, wild-eyed, before an approaching car, and he had not done any pretty riding.

    The Happy Family | Bertha Muzzy Bower

British Dictionary definitions for wild-eyed


  1. glaring in an angry, distracted, or wild manner

  2. ill-conceived or totally impracticable

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