Nearby words

  1. wilbur, richard,
  2. wilburite,
  3. wilco,
  4. wilcox,
  5. wilcoxon test,
  6. wild about, be,
  7. wild apricot,
  8. wild bean,
  9. wild bergamot,
  10. wild bleeding-heart

Idioms

Origin of wild

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

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British Dictionary definitions for wildest

Wild

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

wild

adjective

(of animals) living independently of man; not domesticated or tame
(of plants) growing in a natural state; not cultivated
uninhabited or uncultivated; desolatea wild stretch of land
living in a savage or uncivilized waywild tribes
lacking restraintwild merriment
of great violence or intensitya wild storm
disorderly or chaoticwild thoughts; wild talk
dishevelled; untidywild hair
in a state of extreme emotional intensitywild with anger
recklesswild speculations
not calculated; randoma wild guess
unconventional; fantastic; crazywild friends
(postpositive foll by about) informal intensely enthusiastic or excited
(of a card, such as a joker or deuce in some games) able to be given any value the holder pleasesjacks are wild
wild and woolly
  1. rough; untamed; barbarous
  2. (of theories, plans, etc) not fully thought out

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 Formswildish, 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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Word Origin and History for wildest
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Idioms and Phrases with wildest

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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