verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of wilder1
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 wildersavage, primitive, natural, lush, free, barbarian, waste, desert, overrun, native, crazy, irrational, nuts, rash, madcap, eager, rough, raving, berserk, profligate
Examples from the Web for wilder
Contemporary Examples of wilder
Some of the wilder criticisms of me notwithstanding, my column Monday made two basic points.The Bowe Bergdahl Story Is Right-Wing Crack
June 4, 2014
The more the wine interacted with air, the wilder and more unbridled it turned.Brunello’s King Lear: Gianfranco Soldera Reflects on the Attack on His Wine
December 8, 2013
Some of the wilder theories have percolated in the famously raucous Turkish press.Speculation Swirls in Istanbul: What Happened to Sarai Sierra?
February 4, 2013
Rumor has it that when Louis B. Mayer saw the film, he lambasted Wilder for biting the hand that fed him.'The Artist,' 'Hugo,' and the History of Movies About Movies
December 28, 2011
According to Wilder, members of the New Apostolic Reformation see Perry as their vehicle to claim the “mountain” of government.A Christian Plot for Domination?
August 15, 2011
Historical Examples of wilder
You could have helped me and she wouldn't have said a word to Miss Wilder.
Miss Wilder listened attentively to Grace's eager outpouring.
The sooner you go to see Miss Wilder the sooner you'll know her fate.
But it seemed the soldier of an elder age or a wilder clime.Night and Morning, Complete
"They're no wilder than you are," Phoebe retorted impatiently.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Word Origin for wilder
- 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
"to run wild," Old English awildian (see wild (adj.)). Wilding in the teen gang sense first recorded 1989.
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.
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