adjective, wild·er, wild·est.
verb (used with object), wild·ed, wild·ing.
- 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
Synonyms for wild
Antonyms for wild
Examples from the Web for wildly
Contemporary Examples of wildly
This is a Hollywood director at the height of his powers creating original, wildly ambitious epics.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
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Coca-Cola was a wildly popular drink and hangover remedy because, well, it contained cocaine.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
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He has gone into the food business and has been wildly successful in it.The Stacks: The Eyes of Winter: Paul Newman at 70
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In the wildly popular HBO show Game of Thrones, blood, like sex, is currency.Sex, Blood and Maroon 5: Pop Culture’s Wounds Run Deep
October 3, 2014
Historical Examples of wildly
"I'm going to her," shouted Dick wildly, wrenching himself free.Viviette
William J. Locke
Surely it was more than a mere hope that made my heart beat so wildly!Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
I was furious and wildly excited with the turn my joke had taken.
She was surprised, and so was every one; while, as for me, I was wildly delighted to surprise them all.
I was transfigured with joy and wildly excited, so sure I felt of a first prize.
- 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