Wild definition

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Uncivilized or barbarous.
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Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed.

Wild geese; edible wild plants.

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Not inhabited or farmed.

Remote, wild country.

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Full of, marked by, or suggestive of strong, uncontrolled emotion.

Wild with jealousy; a wild look in his eye; a wild rage.

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Extravagant; fantastic.

A wild idea.

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Based on little or no evidence or probability; unfounded.

Wild accusations; a wild guess.

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Furiously disturbed or turbulent; stormy.

Wild weather.

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Risky; imprudent.

Wild financial schemes.

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A region that is mostly uninhabited or uncultivated.

The wilds of the northern steppes.

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To go about in a group threatening, robbing, or attacking others.
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Living or growing in its original, natural state and not normally domesticated or cultivated.

Wild flowers, wild animals.

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Not lived in or cultivated; overgrown, waste, etc.

Wild land.

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Not civilized; savage.

A wild tribe.

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Characterized by a lack of social or moral restraint; unbridled in pursuing pleasure; dissolute, orgiastic, etc.

A wild rake, a wild party.

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Violently disturbed; turbulent; stormy.

A wild seacoast.

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In a state of intense excitement.
  • Eager or enthusiastic, as with desire or anticipation.
    wild with delight.
  • Angered, frenzied, frantic, crazed, etc.
    wild with desperation.
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In a state of disorder, disarrangement, confusion, etc.

Wild hair.

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Fantastically impractical; visionary.

A wild scheme.

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Going wide of the mark aimed at; missing the target.

A wild swing in boxing.

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(slang) Extraordinary; remarkable.

A summer vacation that was really wild.

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In a wild manner; wildly; without aim or control.

To shoot wild.

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A wilderness or wasteland.
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Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed.

Wild geese; edible wild plants.

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Lacking regular order or arrangement; disarranged.

Wild locks of long hair.

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In a wild manner.

Growing wild; roaming wild.

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A natural or undomesticated state.

Returned the zoo animals to the wild; plants that grow abundantly in the wild.

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Not easily restrained or regulated; not controlled or controllable; unruly, rough, lawless, etc.

Wild children.

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The definition of wild is someone or something out of control, in its natural habitat or undomesticated.

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.

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Deviating greatly from an intended course; erratic.

A wild bullet.

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(games) Having an equivalence or value determined by the cardholder's choice.

Playing poker with deuces wild.

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Lacking supervision or restraint.

Wild children living in the street.

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Disorderly; unruly.

A wild scene in the school cafeteria.

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Characterized by a lack of moral restraint; dissolute or licentious.

Recalled his wild youth with remorse.

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Impatiently eager.

Wild to get away for the weekend.

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(informal) Highly enthusiastic.

Just wild about the new music.

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(card games) Designated as having any rank or suit that a player holding it chooses.

The dealer announced that deuces would be wild for the next hand.

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Showing a lack of sound judgment; reckless; imprudent.

A wild wager.

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Based on little or no evidence.

A wild guess.

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The island of Chincoteague is famous for its wild horses.

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I was filled with wild rage when I discovered the infidelity, and punched a hole in the wall.

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The fraternity was infamous for its wild parties, which frequently resulted in police involvement.

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Visibly and overtly anxious; frantic.

Her mother was wild with fear when she didn't return home after the party.

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After a week on the trail without a mirror, my hair was wild and dirty.

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I'm not wild about the idea of a two day car trip with my nephews, but it's my only option.

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The novice archer fired a wild shot and hit her opponent's target.

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Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered.

A wild roadstead.

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(nautical) Hard to steer; said of a vessel.
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(mathematics, of a knot) Not capable of being represented as a finite closed polygonal chain.
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Inaccurately; not on target.

The javelin flew wild and struck a spectator, to the horror of all observing.

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The undomesticated state of a wild animal.

After mending the lion's leg, we returned him to the wild.

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(chiefly in the plural) A wilderness.
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To commit random acts of assault, robbery, and rape in an urban setting, especially as a gang.
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A surname for a wild person, or for someone living in uncultivated land.
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run wild
  • to grow, exist, or behave without control
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the wild
  • the wilderness, nature, the out-of-doors, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
wild
Plural:
wilds

Adjective

Base Form:
wild
Comparative:
wilder 1
Superlative:
wildest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the wild

Origin of wild

  • Middle English wilde from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English wilde, from Proto-Germanic *wilþijaz. Compare West Frisian wyld, Dutch wild, German wild, Danish vild.

    From Wiktionary