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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]

    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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