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wilder

1
[ wil-der ]
/ ˈwɪl dər /
Archaic.
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verb (used with object)

to cause to lose one's way.
to bewilder.

verb (used without object)

to lose one's way.
to be bewildered.

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Origin of wilder

1
First recorded in 1605–15; perhaps extracted from wilderness; intransitive use probably by association with wander
wil·der·ment, noun

Definition for wilder (2 of 3)

wilder2
[ wahyl-der ]
/ ˈwaɪl dər /

adjective

comparative of wild.

Definition for wilder (3 of 3)

Wilder
[ wahyl-der ]
/ ˈwaɪl dər /

noun

Billy Samuel Wilder, 1906–2002, U.S. film director, producer, and writer; born in Austria.
Laura In·galls [ing-guhlz], /ˈɪŋ gəlz/, 1867–1957, U.S. writer of children's books.
Thorn·ton (Niv·en) [thawrn-tn -niv-uhn], /ˈθɔrn tn ˈnɪv ən/, 1897–1975, U.S. novelist and playwright.
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British Dictionary definitions for wilder (1 of 2)

wilder
/ (ˈwɪldə) /

verb archaic

to lead or be led astray
to bewilder or become bewildered
wilderment, noun
C17: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for wilder (2 of 2)

Wilder
/ (ˈwaɪldə) /

noun

Billy, real name Samuel Wilder. 1906–2002, US film director and screenwriter, born in Austria. His films include Double Indemnity (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945), Sunset Boulevard (1950), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Some Like it Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), and Buddy Buddy (1981)
Thornton. 1897–1975 US novelist and dramatist. His works include the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) and the play The Skin of Our Teeth (1942)
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