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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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