adjective \ˈwī(-ə)ld\

of an animal : living in nature without human control or care : not tame

of a plant : growing or produced in nature : not grown or farmed by people

of land : not changed by people : not settled or developed

Full Definition of WILD

a :  living in a state of nature and not ordinarily tame or domesticated <wild ducks>
b (1) :  growing or produced without human aid or care <wild honey>
(2) :  related to or resembling a corresponding cultivated or domesticated organism
c :  of or relating to wild organisms <the wild state>
a :  not inhabited or cultivated <wild land>
b :  not amenable to human habitation or cultivation; also :  desolate
a (1) :  not subject to restraint or regulation :  uncontrolled; also :  unruly (2) :  emotionally overcome <wild with grief>; also :  passionately eager or enthusiastic <was wild to own a toy train — J. C. Furnas>
b :  marked by turbulent agitation :  stormy <a wild night>
c :  going beyond normal or conventional bounds :  fantastic <wild ideas>; also :  sensational
d :  indicative of strong passion, desire, or emotion <a wild gleam of delight in his eyes — Irish Digest>
:  characteristic of, appropriate to, or expressive of wilderness, wildlife, or a simple or uncivilized society
a :  deviating from the intended or expected course <wild spelling — C. W. Cunnington> <the throw was wild>; also :  tending to throw inaccurately <a wild pitcher>
b :  having no basis in known or surmised fact <a wild guess>
of a playing card :  able to represent any card designated by the holder
wild·ish \ˈwī(-ə)l-dish\ adjective
wild·ness \-nəs\ noun

Examples of WILD

  1. wild places high in the mountains
  2. I felt a wild rage.
  3. He was wild with anger.
  4. The crowd went wild when the band took the stage.

Origin of WILD

Middle English wilde, from Old English; akin to Old High German wildi wild, Welsh gwyllt
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra



the wilds : a large area of land where people do not live and where plants, trees, etc., grow freely

the wild : a wild, free, or natural place, state, or existence

Full Definition of WILD

:  a sparsely inhabited or uncultivated region or tract :  wilderness
:  a wild, free, or natural state or existence

Examples of WILD

  1. They hiked through the wilds of Maine.
  2. The plants were collected from the wild.
  3. They will return the animal to the wild when it is healthy.
  4. Could these animals survive in the wild?
  5. I've only seen that animal in a zoo, never in the wild.

First Known Use of WILD

13th century

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

Rhymes with WILD



: without being controlled

Full Definition of WILD

:  in a wild manner: as
a :  without regulation or control <plants that grow wild>
b :  off an intended or expected course

Examples of WILD

  1. These plants grow wild on the roadside.
  2. <as soon as the doors opened, early-morning bargain hunters ran wild through the store>

First Known Use of WILD

circa 1562


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