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 formswil·der·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for wildered

Historical Examples of wildered

  • Wildered in a maze of wonders, he knew not what to conjecture.

    Alonzo and Melissa

    Daniel Jackson, Jr.

  • Natheless, 't was no prince led the wildered folk in the Vision.

    Long Will

    Florence Converse

  • Then I began to see Stephen in thy face—and I was 'wildered sore.

    Long Will

    Florence Converse

  • An atom of thy creation, wildered in the mazes of ignorance and woe, would bow to thy decrees.

    Alonzo and Melissa

    Daniel Jackson, Jr.

  • Recovering, she slightly raised herself, leant upon the marble margin of the fountain, and looked about her with a wildered air.


    Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for wildered


verb archaic

to lead or be led astray
to bewilder or become bewildered
Derived Formswilderment, noun

Word Origin for wilder

C17: of uncertain origin



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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