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 wildness
I hid out for weeks in my wilderness, now just a small vulnerable island of wildness, but at the time it felt huge.
Ybarra had also pondered the allure of this kind of wildness.Michael Ybarra’s Death Underscores the Allure and Dangers of Solo Climbing|Scott C. Johnson|July 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Even in the middle of a big urban area, the river valleys had a wildness that reminded him of home in Alabama.
I was sick of his lateness and his wildness and sick of all that pain.
When coming on, it may easily be known by an uneasy restlessness and a wildness of the eyes.The Book of Cats|Charles H. Ross
She had never entirely outgrown the wildness of surprise which this always brought to her.The Brimming Cup|Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The wildness of his joy, the strange strength and power of his kisses, utterly changed her.The Mysterious Rider|Zane Grey
Very little of any kind of wildness was there about the Misses Braid.The Golden Scarecrow|Hugh Walpole
Octavia was alarmed at the wildness of his look, but the fresh air had already revived him.Darkness and Dawn|Frederic W. Farrar
- 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