having an angry, insane, or distressed expression in the eyes.
extremely irrational, senseless, or radical: a wild-eyed scheme.

Origin of wild-eyed

First recorded in 1810–20
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Contemporary Examples of wild-eyed

Historical Examples of wild-eyed

  • She found Luke wild-eyed and excited, brandishing an evening paper.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • Here and there a Chinaman, wild-eyed, with his tail unplaited, nursed a bleeding sole.


    Joseph Conrad

  • He breathed heavily, wild-eyed, while we looked at him in silence.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • He had not spoken, and now they perceived that he was haggard, pale, wild-eyed.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories

    Edward William Thomson

  • Zeke rode up to the barn door, white and wild-eyed in the twilight.


    Clara Louise Burnham

British Dictionary definitions for wild-eyed



glaring in an angry, distracted, or wild manner
ill-conceived or totally impracticable
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