A feral dog.
An example of something that would be described as feral is an undomesticated cat that scratches and claws if you come near it.
- untamed; wild
- having returned to a wild condition
- savage; fierce
Origin of feralMedieval Latin feralis from Classical Latin fera, wild animal from ferus, fierce + -al
- a. Having returned to an untamed state from domestication: a pack of feral dogs.b. Existing in a wild or untamed state.
- Of or suggestive of a wild animal; savage: a feral grin.
Origin of feralFrom Latin fera wild animal from ferus wild ; see ghwer- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more feral, superlative most feral)
- A domesticated animal that has returned to the wild; an animal, particularly a domesticated animal, living independently of humans.
- (Australia, colloquial) A contemptible young person, a lout, a person who behaves wildly.
- (Australia, colloquial) A person who has isolated themselves from the outside world; one living an alternative lifestyle.
- The term should not be confused with feral child, a child raised with little or no human assistance.