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adjective,wild·er, wild·est.
  1. living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated: a wild animal;wild geese.

  2. growing or produced without cultivation or the care of humans, as plants, flowers, fruit, or honey: wild cherries.

  1. uncultivated, uninhabited, or waste: wild country.

  2. uncivilized or barbarous: wild tribes.

  3. of unrestrained violence, fury, intensity, etc.; violent; furious: wild strife;wild storms.

  4. characterized by or indicating violent feelings or excitement, as actions or a person's appearance: wild cries;a wild look.

  5. frantic or distracted; crazy: to drive someone wild.

  6. violently or uncontrollably affected: wild with rage;wild with pain.

  7. undisciplined, unruly, or lawless: a gang of wild boys.

  8. unrestrained, untrammeled, or unbridled: wild enthusiasm.

  9. disregardful of moral restraints as to pleasurable indulgence: He repented his wild youth.

  10. unrestrained by reason or prudence: wild schemes.

  11. amazing or incredible: Isn't that wild about Bill getting booted out of the club?

  12. disorderly or disheveled: wild hair.

  13. wide of the mark: He scored on a wild throw.

  14. Informal. intensely eager or enthusiastic: wild to get started;wild about the new styles.

  15. Cards. (of a card) having its value decided by the wishes of the players.

  16. Metallurgy. (of molten metal) generating large amounts of gas during cooling, so as to cause violent bubbling.

  1. in a wild manner; wildly.

  1. Often wilds . an uncultivated, uninhabited, or desolate region or tract; waste; wilderness; desert: a cabin in the wild;a safari to the wilds of Africa.

verb (used with object),wild·ed, wild·ing.
  1. to travel around as a group, attacking or assaulting (people) in a random and violent way: The man was wilded and left for dead.

Idioms about wild

  1. blow wild, (of an oil or gas well) to spout in an uncontrolled way, as in a blowout.: Compare blowout (def. 4).

  2. in the wild,

    • in a natural state or in the wilderness.

    • in the real world; in real life:language learning in the classroom and in the wild.

  1. run 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

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

Other words for wild

Opposites for wild

Other words from wild

  • wildly, adverb
  • wildness, noun
  • half-wild, adjective
  • half-wildly, adverb
  • half-wildness, noun
  • o·ver·wild, adjective
  • o·ver·wild·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·wild·ness, noun
  • sem·i·wild, adjective
  • sem·i·wild·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·wild·ness, noun
  • un·wild, adjective
  • un·wild·ly, adverb
  • un·wild·ness, noun

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How to use wild in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for wild (1 of 2)


/ (waɪld) /

  1. (of animals) living independently of man; not domesticated or tame

  2. (of plants) growing in a natural state; not cultivated

  1. uninhabited or uncultivated; desolate: a wild stretch of land

  2. living in a savage or uncivilized way: wild tribes

  3. lacking restraint: wild merriment

  4. of great violence or intensity: a wild storm

  5. disorderly or chaotic: wild thoughts; wild talk

  6. dishevelled; untidy: wild hair

  7. in a state of extreme emotional intensity: wild with anger

  8. reckless: wild speculations

  9. not calculated; random: a wild guess

  10. unconventional; fantastic; crazy: wild friends

  11. (postpositive foll by about) informal intensely enthusiastic or excited

  12. (of a card, such as a joker or deuce in some games) able to be given any value the holder pleases: jacks are wild

  13. wild and woolly

    • rough; untamed; barbarous

    • (of theories, plans, etc) not fully thought out

  1. in a wild manner

  2. run wild

    • to grow without cultivation or care

    • to behave without restraint

  1. (often plural) a desolate, uncultivated, or uninhabited region

  2. the wild

    • a free natural state of living

    • the wilderness

Origin of wild

Old English wilde; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wildi, Old Norse villr, Gothic wiltheis

Derived forms of wild

  • wildish, adjective
  • wildly, adverb
  • wildness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Wild (2 of 2)


/ (waɪld) /

  1. 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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with 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

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.