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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
wild /waɪld/USA pronunciation
adj., -er, -est, adv., n. adj.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- living in a state of nature and not tamed:wild animals running free in the forest.
- growing or produced without being grown and cared for by humans, as flowers;
not cultivated:wild flowers.
- without people living there;
- not civilized;
savage:The wild Northmen raided the coasts of England.
- having or showing violence or great strength and destruction:a wild storm.
- characterized by violent feelings:a wild look.
- very excited;
frantic:That glamorous movie star drives him wild.
- very eager or enthusiastic:[be + ~]She's wild about her new job.
- not disciplined;
uncontrollable:a gang of wild boys.
- not controlled by reason;
not held back;
uncontrolled:He had some wild schemes to get rich quick.
- wide of one's aim or goal:a wild pitch.
- Games(of a card) having its value decided by the wishes of the players:Deuces are wild.
- in a wild manner:The gangs were running wild in the streets.
wild•ly, adv.: He ran off screaming wildly about snakes and demons after him.
wild•ness, n. [uncountable]
- Often, wilds. [plural] an area of land that has not been cultivated;
wilderness or wasteland.
(wīld),USA pronunciation adj., -er, -est, adv., n. adj.
- living in a state of nature;
not tamed or domesticated:a wild animal; wild geese.
- growing or produced without cultivation or the care of humans, as plants, flowers, fruit, or honey:wild cherries.
- uncultivated, uninhabited, or waste:wild country.
- uncivilized or barbarous:wild tribes.
- of unrestrained violence, fury, intensity, etc.;
furious:wild strife; wild storms.
- characterized by or indicating violent feelings or excitement, as actions or a person's appearance:wild cries; a wild look.
- frantic or distracted;
crazy:to drive someone wild.
- violently or uncontrollably affected:wild with rage; wild with pain.
- undisciplined, unruly, or lawless:a gang of wild boys.
- unrestrained, untrammeled, or unbridled:wild enthusiasm.
- disregardful of moral restraints as to pleasurable indulgence:He repented his wild youth.
- unrestrained by reason or prudence:wild schemes.
- amazing or incredible:Isn't that wild about Bill getting booted out of the club?
- disorderly or disheveled:wild hair.
- wide of the mark:He scored on a wild throw.
- [Informal.]intensely eager or enthusiastic:wild to get started; wild about the new styles.
- [Cards.](of a card) having its value decided by the wishes of the players.
- [Metall.](of molten metal) generating large amounts of gas during cooling, so as to cause violent bubbling.
- in a wild manner;
- Miningblow wild, (of an oil or gas well) to spout in an uncontrolled way, as in a blowout. Cf. blowout (def. 4).
- run wild:
- to grow unchecked:The rambler roses are running wild.
- to show lack of restraint or control:Those children are allowed to run wild.
- Often, wilds. an uncultivated, uninhabited, or desolate region or tract;
desert:a cabin in the wild; a safari to the wilds of Africa.
- bef. 900; Middle English, Old English wilde; cognate with Dutch, German wild, Old Norse villr, Swedish vild, Gothic wiltheis
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged undomesticated, untamed, unbroken;
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged barbarian, savage.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tempestuous, stormy, frenzied, turbulent.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged boisterous.
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged insane.
- 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged self-willed, riotous, unrestrained, wayward.
- 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged uncontrollable.
- 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged reckless, rash, extravagant, impracticable.
- 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged grotesque, bizarre, strange, fanciful.
- 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unkempt.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tame.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
wild /waɪld/ adj
- (of animals) living independently of man; not domesticated or tame
- (of plants) growing in a natural state; not cultivated
- uninhabited or uncultivated; desolate: a wild stretch of land
- living in a savage or uncivilized way: wild tribes
- lacking restraint: wild merriment
- of great violence or intensity: a wild storm
- disorderly or chaotic: wild thoughts, wild talk
- dishevelled; untidy: wild hair
- in a state of extreme emotional intensity: wild with anger
- reckless: wild speculations
- not calculated; random: a wild guess
- unconventional; fantastic; crazy: wild friends
- (postpositive) followed by about: informal intensely enthusiastic or excited
- (of a card, such as a joker or deuce in some games) able to be given any value the holder pleases
- wild and woolly ⇒ rough; untamed; barbarous
- (of theories, plans, etc) not fully thought out
- in a wild manner
- run wild ⇒ to grow without cultivation or care
- to behave without restraint
Etymology: Old English wilde; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wildi, Old Norse villr, Gothic wiltheisˈwildish adj ˈwildly adv ˈwildness n
- (often plural) a desolate, uncultivated, or uninhabited region
- the wild ⇒ a free natural state of living
- the wilderness
Wild /waɪld/ n
- Jonathan. ?1682–1725, British criminal, who organized a network of thieves, highwaymen, etc, while also working as an informer: said to have sent over a hundred men to the gallows before being hanged himself
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[inversion] "fleeing like the wild, wounded creature I am."
a kind of <homage>, repeating a wild <obeisance>
a plain coat (wild animals' coat pattern)
a sounder of wild pig crashed away in the undergrowth
A suckling pig lay beside a haunch of wild boar, sticky with
A wild boar short of a Tudor banquet - I'd been through...
a <wild> chance - what does "wild" mean here?
A wild for a bull
a wild or unorthodox proposition
a wild party
A wild side.
a wild-beast show
a wild, dreamy child
altacocker--a wobbly, wild-haired altacocker from sleepy Vermont [alter kocker]
as wild as it is weird as it is wonderful
At London Zoo you can see many wild animals.
be in the wild or be free (about animals)
Capitals in names of animals, plants, and other wild things
cast as wild flowers
chasing down Isobel, his wild goose of a sister
Commas and quotes gone wild within a sentence
conscious of an aspect in the last degree ghastly, wild, and weather-beaten
few wild animals remain living/alive outside the...
Five car draw, nothing wild?
forecasters are predicting a wild night and day ahead for ..
fresh flowers, burnt oranges and wild safaris
Gallic hunters were not always after wild game.
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