Definition of feral
1 : of, relating to, or suggestive of a wild beast feral teeth feral instincts
2a : not domesticated or cultivated : wild feral animalsb : having escaped from domestication and become wild feral cats
Examples of feral in a Sentence
They led a feral existence.
animal experts discourage homeowners from trying to adopt feral animals as pets
Recent Examples of feral from the Web
After releasing a couple of albums surveying the tundra of postpunk—full of wide-open spaces, instrumental lunges, and feral howls—Beijing three-piece Re-Tros are pivoting toward a minimalism that draws people in rather than making them scurry away.
The vibe is rich hippie, with blush-colored duvets and feral-looking bouquets of seasonal flowers and female acoustic covers of Bruce Springsteen songs.
The idea that children live a separate existence from their parents, one that is half-feral—both beautiful and dangerous—becomes central to the story.
Across the street, cranes for unloading ships were at a standstill, and fishing boats were pulled up, attracting feral cats.
But nothing is worse than Mother’s Day, with its reluctant-to-be-together families, barely-there grandmas, and feral kids running wild around hot drinks and making a mess of buffets.
Through the six square, neurotically overstuffed panels on each page, Bell shows us the landscape of her mother’s life, populated by feral animals and possibly dirty dishes.
But his clichéd life is rendered in clichés; his feral survivalism and his extended solitude are grossly oversimplified and underimagined.
Texas already allows hunting feral hogs by helicopter.
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Synonym Discussion of feral
FERAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of feral for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or resembling a wild beast
—used to describe an animal (such as a cat or dog) that has escaped and become wild
FERAL Defined for Kids
Definition of feral for Students
: having escaped from the care of people and become wild feral pigs
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