verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- wilbur, richard,
- wilcoxon test,
- wild about, be,
- wild apricot,
- wild bean,
- wild bergamot,
- wild bleeding-heart
Origin of wilder1
adjective, wild·er, wild·est.
verb (used with object), wild·ed, wild·ing.
Origin of wild
Examples from the Web for wilder
Some of the wilder criticisms of me notwithstanding, my column Monday made two basic points.
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|Alice Feiring|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Some of the wilder theories have percolated in the famously raucous Turkish press.Speculation Swirls in Istanbul: What Happened to Sarai Sierra?|Mike Giglio|February 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Stephen Farber|December 28, 2011|DAILY BEAST
According to Wilder, members of the New Apostolic Reformation see Perry as their vehicle to claim the “mountain” of government.
Didn't I tender the consignee a beautiful oath, master Wilder?The Red Rover|James Fenimore Cooper
The more they drank, the wilder and more melancholy the song became.Alone with the Hairy Ainu|A. H. Savage Landor
Now the road grows wilder and wilder,—there is absolutely no sound save the moan of the distant ocean.Wanderings in Ireland|Michael Myers Shoemaker
The features of his insanity were wilder and less controllable.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)|Charles James Lever
And this Mexican revolution is bound to make rough times along some of the wilder passes across the border.The Light of Western Stars|Zane Grey
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