from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. Hard to steer; -- said of a vessel.
  • adv. Wildly.
  • n. An uninhabited and uncultivated tract or region; a forest or desert; a wilderness; a waste.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English wilde, from Old English.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English wilde, from Proto-Germanic *wilþijaz.



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