- An example of wild is a naked child running down the street screaming and apparently unsupervised.
- An example of wild is a horse living on the range.
- An example of wild is a feral cat.
- living or growing in its original, natural state and not normally domesticated or cultivated: wild flowers, wild animals
- not lived in or cultivated; overgrown, waste, etc.: wild land
- not civilized; savage: a wild tribe
- not easily restrained or regulated; not controlled or controllable; unruly, rough, lawless, etc.: wild children
- characterized by a lack of social or moral restraint; unbridled in pursuing pleasure; dissolute, orgiastic, etc.: a wild rake, a wild party
- violently disturbed; turbulent; stormy: a wild seacoast
- in a state of intense excitement; specif.,
- eager or enthusiastic, as with desire or anticipation: wild with delight
- angered, frenzied, frantic, crazed, etc.: wild with desperation
- in a state of disorder, disarrangement, confusion, etc.: wild hair
- fantastically impractical; visionary: a wild scheme
- showing a lack of sound judgment; reckless; imprudent: a wild wager
- based on little or no evidence: a wild guess
- going wide of the mark aimed at; missing the target: a wild swing in boxing
- Slang extraordinary; remarkable: a summer vacation that was really wild
- Card Games designated as having any rank or suit that a player holding it chooses: said of a particular card or any of a small group of cards: the dealer announced that deuces would be wild for the next hand
Origin of wildMiddle English wilde ; from OE, akin to German wild, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, shaggy hair, unkempt from source wool, vole
- Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed: wild geese; edible wild plants.
- Not inhabited or farmed: remote, wild country.
- Uncivilized or barbarous.
- a. Lacking supervision or restraint: wild children living in the street.b. Disorderly; unruly: a wild scene in the school cafeteria.c. Characterized by a lack of moral restraint; dissolute or licentious: recalled his wild youth with remorse.
- Lacking regular order or arrangement; disarranged: wild locks of long hair.
- Full of, marked by, or suggestive of strong, uncontrolled emotion: wild with jealousy; a wild look in his eye; a wild rage.
- Extravagant; fantastic: a wild idea.
- Furiously disturbed or turbulent; stormy: wild weather.
- Risky; imprudent: wild financial schemes.
- a. Impatiently eager: wild to get away for the weekend.b. Informal Highly enthusiastic: just wild about the new music.
- Based on little or no evidence or probability; unfounded: wild accusations; a wild guess.
- Deviating greatly from an intended course; erratic: a wild bullet.
- Games Having an equivalence or value determined by the cardholder's choice: playing poker with deuces wild.
- A natural or undomesticated state: returned the zoo animals to the wild; plants that grow abundantly in the wild.
- often wilds A region that is mostly uninhabited or uncultivated: the wilds of the northern steppes.
intransitive verbwild·ed, wild·ing, wilds
Origin of wildMiddle English wilde, from Old English.
(comparative wilder, superlative wildest)
- Untamed; not domesticated.
- The island of Chincoteague is famous for its wild horses.
- Unrestrained or uninhibited.
- I was filled with wild rage when I discovered the infidelity, and punched a hole in the wall.
- Raucous, unruly, or licentious.
- The fraternity was infamous for its wild parties, which frequently resulted in police involvement.
- Visibly and overtly anxious; frantic.
- Her mother was wild with fear when she didn't return home after the party.
- Disheveled, tangled, or untidy.
- After a week on the trail without a mirror, my hair was wild and dirty.
- I'm not wild about the idea of a two day car trip with my nephews, but it's my only option.
- The novice archer fired a wild shot and hit her opponent's target.
- Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered.
- a wild roadstead
- (nautical) Hard to steer; said of a vessel.
- (mathematics, of a knot) Not capable of being represented as a finite closed polygonal chain.
(comparative more wild, superlative most wild)
- Inaccurately; not on target.
- The javelin flew wild and struck a spectator, to the horror of all observing.
(third-person singular simple present wilds, present participle wilding, simple past and past participle wilded)
- A surname for a wild person, or for someone living in uncultivated land.