wilder

1
[ wil-der ]
/ ˈwɪl dər /
Archaic.

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.

Origin of wilder

1
1605–15; perhaps extracted from wilderness; intransitive use probably by association with wander

Related forms

wil·der·ment, noun

Definition for wilder (2 of 4)

wilder

2
[ wahyl-der ]
/ ˈwaɪl dər /

adjective

comparative of wild.

Definition for wilder (3 of 4)

Wilder

[ wahyl-der ]
/ ˈwaɪl dər /

noun

BillySamuel Wilder, 1906–2002, U.S. film director, producer, and writer; born in Austria.
Laura In·galls [ing-guh lz] /ˈɪŋ gəlz/, 1867–1957, U.S. writer of children's books.
Thorn·ton (Niv·en) [thawrn-tn niv-uh n] /ˈθɔrn tn ˈnɪv ən/, 1897–1975, U.S. novelist and playwright.

Definition for wilder (4 of 4)

Origin of wild

before 900; Middle English, Old English wilde; cognate with Dutch, German wild, Old Norse villr, Swedish vild, Gothic wiltheis

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for wilder (1 of 4)

wilder

/ (ˈwɪldə) /

verb archaic

to lead or be led astray
to bewilder or become bewildered

Derived Forms

wilderment, noun

Word Origin for wilder

C17: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for wilder (2 of 4)

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)

British Dictionary definitions for wilder (3 of 4)

Wild

/ (waɪld) /

noun

Jonathan. ?1682–1725, British criminal, who organized a network of thieves, highwaymen, etc, while also working as an informer: said to have sent over a hundred men to the gallows before being hanged himself

British Dictionary definitions for wilder (4 of 4)

wild

/ (waɪld) /

adjective

adverb

in a wild manner
run wild
  1. to grow without cultivation or care
  2. to behave without restraint

noun

(often plural) a desolate, uncultivated, or uninhabited region
the wild
  1. a free natural state of living
  2. the wilderness

Derived Forms

wildish, adjectivewildly, adverbwildness, noun

Word Origin for wild

Old English wilde; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wildi, Old Norse villr, Gothic wiltheis
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Idioms and Phrases with wilder

wild


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

also see:

  • go hog wild
  • go wilding
  • run amok (wild)
  • sow one's wild oats
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