wilding

1
[ wahyl-ding ]
/ ˈwaɪl dɪŋ /

noun

a wild apple tree.
its fruit.
any plant that grows wild.
a plant, originally cultivated, that now grows wild; an escape.
a wild animal.

adjective

not cultivated or domesticated; wild.

Origin of wilding

1
First recorded in 1515–25; wild + -ing3

Definition for wilding (2 of 3)

wilding2

noun

the practice by a group of youths of going on a random spree of violent criminal activity.
an instance of this.

adjective

of or relating to such criminal activity: wilding teens; a wilding attack.

Origin of wilding

2
First recorded in 1985–90;wild + -ing1

Definition for wilding (3 of 3)

Origin of wild

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

OTHER WORDS FROM wild

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British Dictionary definitions for wilding (1 of 4)

wilding
/ (ˈwaɪldɪŋ) /

noun

an uncultivated plant, esp the crab apple, or a cultivated plant that has become wild
a wild animal
Also: wildling

British Dictionary definitions for wilding (2 of 4)

Wilding
/ (ˈwaɪldɪŋ) /

noun

(Frederick) Anthony . 1883–1915, New Zealand tennis player; Wimbledon singles champion (1910–1913) and doubles champion (1907–08, 1910, 1913)

British Dictionary definitions for wilding (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 wilding (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 of wild

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 wilding

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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