adjective, wild·er, wild·est.
verb (used with object), wild·ed, wild·ing.
- wilbur, richard,
- wilcoxon test,
- wild about, be,
- wild apricot,
- wild bean,
- wild bergamot,
- wild bleeding-heart
- in a natural state or in the wilderness.
- in the real world; in real life:language learning in the classroom and in the wild.
- to grow unchecked: The rambler roses are running wild.
- to show lack of restraint or control: Those children are allowed to run wild.
Origin of wild
Examples from the Web for wildest
As they now live out their wildest dreams, their barbarity has cost the U.S. far more.
They had more than enough to build fabulous new domiciles that surely at least equal their wildest dreams.
What the weirdest, wildest, most successful participatory project in history tells us about working together.
Never in my wildest imagination could I have achieved my lifelong Dream without my Team.
And the wildest pattern is a subtle gray on gray cross-hatching.
Now, in the damp air, they twisted and turned in the wildest profusion.From the Valley of the Missing|Grace Miller White
It was delivered on the impulse of the moment and excited the wildest applause throughout the House.The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield|Emma Elizabeth Brown
But even in the wildest frenzy of his ill-balanced brain he never pictures himself facing British troops in battle.Life in an Indian Outpost|Gordon Casserly
His wildest notions are based on precise, concrete, and personal facts of his own experience.The Task of Social Hygiene|Havelock Ellis
In spite of his pallor, the blood rushed violently to Paul's face, and he sprang from his chair in the wildest excitement.Paul Patoff|F. Marion Crawford
- 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