WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
wild /waɪld/USA pronunciation   adj., -er, -est, adv., n. 

  • 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 inhabited;
    undeveloped:wild country.
  • not civilized; barbarous;
    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.
  • [be + ~] very eager or enthusiastic:She's wild about her new job.
  • not disciplined; unruly;
    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.

  • adv. 
  • in a wild manner:The gangs were running wild in the streets.

  • n. [countable]
  • Often,wilds. [plural] an area of land that has not been cultivated; wilderness or wasteland.
  • wild•ly, adv.: He ran off screaming wildly about snakes and demons after him.
    wild•ness, n. [uncountable]

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    wild  (wīld), 
    adj., -er, -est, adv., n. 

  • 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.; violent;
    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.

  • adv. 
  • 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; waste;
    desert:a cabin in the wild;
    a safari to the wilds of Africa.
  • Etymology:bef. 900;
    Middle English, Old English wilde;
    cognate with Dutch, German wild, Old Norse villr, Swedish vild, Gothic wiltheis
    wildly, adv. 
    wildness, n. 
    1 . tame.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    wild /waɪld/ adj
    1. (of animals) living independently of man; not domesticated or tame
    2. (of plants) growing in a natural state; not cultivated
    3. uninhabited or uncultivated; desolate: a wild stretch of land
    4. living in a savage or uncivilized way: wild tribes
    5. lacking restraint: wild merriment
    6. of great violence or intensity: a wild storm
    7. disorderly or chaotic: wild thoughts, wild talk
    8. dishevelled; untidy: wild hair
    9. in a state of extreme emotional intensity: wild with anger
    10. reckless: wild speculations
    11. not calculated; random: a wild guess
    12. unconventional; fantastic; crazy: wild friends
    13. (postpositive) followed by about: informal intensely enthusiastic or excited
    14. (of a card, such as a joker or deuce in some games) able to be given any value the holder pleases
    15. wild and woollyrough; untamed; barbarous
    16. (of theories, plans, etc) not fully thought out
    1. in a wild manner
    2. run wildto grow without cultivation or care
    3. to behave without restraint
    1. (often plural) a desolate, uncultivated, or uninhabited region
    2. the wilda free natural state of living
    3. the wilderness
    Etymology: Old English wilde; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wildi, Old Norse villr, Gothic wiltheis

    ˈwildish adj ˈwildly adv ˈwildness n

    Wild /waɪld/ n
    1. 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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