[ wil-der ]
/ ˈwɪl dər /

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

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

Related forms

wil·der·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for wildered (1 of 2)


/ (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 wildered (2 of 2)


/ (ˈwaɪldə) /


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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