American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed: wild geese; edible wild plants.
- adj. Not inhabited or farmed: remote, wild country.
- adj. Uncivilized or barbarous; savage.
- adj. Lacking supervision or restraint: wild children living in the street.
- adj. Disorderly; unruly: a wild scene in the school cafeteria.
- adj. Characterized by a lack of moral restraint; dissolute or licentious: recalled his wild youth with remorse.
- adj. Lacking regular order or arrangment; disarranged: wild locks of long hair.
- adj. Full of, marked by, or suggestive of strong, uncontrolled emotion: wild with jealousy; a wild look in his eye; a wild rage.
- adj. Extravagant; fantastic: a wild idea.
- adj. Furiously disturbed or turbulent; stormy: wild weather.
- adj. Risky; imprudent: wild financial schemes.
- adj. Impatiently eager: wild to get away for the weekend.
- adj. Informal Highly enthusiastic: just wild about the new music.
- adj. Based on little or no evidence or probability; unfounded: wild accusations; a wild guess.
- adj. Deviating greatly from an intended course; erratic: a wild bullet.
- adj. Games Having an equivalence or value determined by the cardholder's choice: playing poker with deuces wild.
- adv. In a wild manner: growing wild; roaming wild.
- n. A natural or undomesticated state: returned the zoo animals to the wild; plants that grow abundantly in the wild.
- n. An uninhabited or uncultivated region. Often used in the plural: the wilds of the northern steppes.
- v. Slang To go about in a group threatening, robbing, or attacking others: "Police said that the youngsters ... were part of a larger group of teenagers who were 'wilding,'—their slang for terrorizing and bullying” ( Maclean's).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being in a state of ebullition. Thus steel, solidifying in a mold, which is evolving gases, is said to be wild.
- Self-willed; wayward; wanton; impatient of restraint or control; stirring; lively; boisterous; full of life and spirits; hence, frolicsome; giddy; light-hearted.
- Boisterous: tempestuous; stormy; violent; turbulent; furious; uncontrolled: used in both a physical and a moral sense.
- Bold; brave; daring; wight.
- Loose and disorderly in conduct; given to going beyond bounds in pleasurable indulgence; ungoverned; more or less dissolute, wayward, or unrestrained in conduct; prodigal.
- Reckless; rash; ill-considered; extravagant; out of accord with reason or prudence; haphazard: as, a wild venture; wild trading.
- Extravagant; fantastic; irregular; disordered; weird; queer.
- Enthusiastic; eager; keen; especially, very eager with delight, excitement, or the like.
- Excited; roused; distracted; crazy; betokening or indicating excitement or strong emotion.
- Wide of the mark or direct line, standard, or bounds.
- Living in a state of nature; inhabiting the forest or open field; roving: wandering; not tame; not domesticated; feral or ferine: as, a wild boar; a wild ox; a wild cat; a wild bee. More particularly
- Noting beasts of the chase, game-birds, and the like, which are noticeably shy, wary, or hard to take under certain circumstances: opposed to tame, 1 : as, the birds are wild this morning.
- Savage; uncivilized; ungoverned; unrefined; ferocious; sanguinary: noting persons or practices.
- Growing or produced without culture; produced by unassisted nature, or by wild animals; native; not cultivated: as, wild parsnip; wild cherry; wild honey.
- Desert; not inhabited; uncultivated.
- To escape from domestication and revert to the feral state.
- To escape from cultivation and grow in a wild state.
- See Ipomæa.
- A locomotive which by some accident or derangement has escaped from the control of its driver.
- A seesaw.
- The West Indian euphorbiaeeous tree Drypetes glauca.
- Gærtnera vaginata, of Réunion, without ground reported as a fit substitute for coffee: often misnamed mussænda.
- In the West Indies, a plant of the genus Tillandsia, especially T. utriculata.
- Synonyms and Rude, impetuous, irregular, unrestrained, harebrained, frantic, frenzied, crazed, fanciful, visionary, strange, grotesque.
- n. A desert; an uninhabited and uncultivated tract or region; a waste.
- n. plural Wild animals; game.
- n. An obsolete variant of Weald, perhaps due to confusion with wild.
- adj. Untamed; not domesticated.
- adj. Unrestrained or uninhibited.
- adj. Raucous, unruly, or licentious.
- adj. Visibly and overtly anxious; frantic.
- adj. Disheveled, tangled, or untidy.
- adj. Enthusiastic.
- adj. Inaccurate.
- adj. mathematics Not capable of being represented as a finite closed polygonal chain.
- adv. Inaccurately; not on target.
- n. The undomesticated state of a wild animal
- n. a wilderness
- v. To commit random acts of assault, robbery, and rape in an urban setting, especially as a gang.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Living in a state of nature; inhabiting natural haunts, as the forest or open field; not familiar with, or not easily approached by, man; not tamed or domesticated.
- adj. Growing or produced without culture; growing or prepared without the aid and care of man; native; not cultivated; brought forth by unassisted nature or by animals not domesticated.
- adj. Desert; not inhabited or cultivated.
- adj. Savage; uncivilized; not refined by culture; ferocious; rude.
- adj. Not submitted to restraint, training, or regulation; turbulent; tempestuous; violent; ungoverned; licentious; inordinate; disorderly; irregular; fanciful; imaginary; visionary; crazy.
- adj. Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered.
- adj. Indicating strong emotion, intense excitement, or �ewilderment.
- adj. (Naut.) Hard to steer; -- said of a vessel.
- n. An uninhabited and uncultivated tract or region; a forest or desert; a wilderness; a waste.
- adv. Wildly.
- adj. in a state of extreme emotion
- adj. (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud
- adj. without a basis in reason or fact
- n. a wild primitive state untouched by civilization
- adj. deviating widely from an intended course
- adj. talking or behaving irrationally
- adj. without civilizing influences
- adj. in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated
- adj. fanciful and unrealistic; foolish.
- adv. in an uncontrolled and rampant manner
- adj. (of the elements) as if showing violent anger
- adj. marked by extreme lack of restraint or control
- adj. intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with
- adj. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate.
- n. a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition
- adj. involving risk or danger
- adv. in a wild or undomesticated manner
- Old English wilde, from Proto-Germanic *wilþijaz. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English wilde, from Old English. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The African species exists only in a wild state; and it would appear that individuals of this kind have been measured having the dimensions of the largest of the _wild_ Asiatic elephants.”
“For all that, it was a wild boar, or rather a boar _ran wild_.”
“This animal (whose name is sometimes written "huanaca," though the pronunciation is the same with "guanaco" or "guanaca") is larger than the llama, and for a long time was considered merely as the wild llama, or the llama _run wild_, in which you will perceive an essential distinction.”
“She had been charged with being as wild as _haggards of the rock_; she therefore says, that _wild_ as her _heart_ is, she will tame it _to the hand_.”
“About wet n wild wet n wild®, a division of Markwins North America, has offered millions of women affordable, prestige-inspired color cosmetics for over three decades. 2010 marked a significant change to the beloved beauty brand as wet n wild® introduced a bold makeover to ring in the new decade.”
“The term "wild goose" is a Celtic metaphor for the Holy Spirit: noisy, passionate, not easily tamed and tending to flock together.”
“When he heard the phrase wild as red injins in her low ruminations Cassidy knew that this serial abandonment was her topic and that if she stayed at it she could work herself into a real tizzy.”
“In applying the term wild to these horses, it is not meant that they are as much so as deer or wolves, or as the herds of horses, wild for many generations on the great grassy plains of South America or Texas.”
“For the purposes of this and the preceding section, the term wild life shall mean birds and mammals only.”
“The most common primate social group in the wild is analogous to the clan.”
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