Adjectivewild places high in the mountains
I felt a wild rage.
He was wild with anger.
The crowd went wild when the band took the stage. Noun
They hiked through the wilds of Maine.
The plants were collected from the wild.
They will return the animal to the wild when it is healthy.
Could these animals survive in the wild?
I've only seen that animal in a zoo, never in the wild. Adverb
These plants grow wild on the roadside.
as soon as the doors opened, early-morning bargain hunters ran wild through the store See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The clip rate for hatchery coho in the estuary has been lower than predicted, raising anglers’ fears about to releasing potentially wild fish and possibly dooming them, especially those that bleed from even barbless hooks.—Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2023 There is, of course, the more wild side to Burning Man that the festival has become well-known for: the parties, drugs, music and oversized art installations.—Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 This is a pretty wild idea, that our universe could have been formed from the quantum chaos within another universe’s black hole.—Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2023 In Alaska, the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, managed by Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service, is a wild, roadless landscape sweeping across more than 8 million acres of Alaska’s northeastern interior.—Alexandra Heal, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2023 The Blue Oval even built a dedicated rally course at its Michigan proving ground, giving the engineers and technicians working on the Mach-E Rally a proper place to tame this wild horse.—Greg S. Fink, Car and Driver, 7 Sep. 2023 Some take us to wild places in nature, others to wild worlds born in artists’ imaginations.—San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Aug. 2023 While the strategy has so far been mostly used to protect whole ecosystems, such as forests and rivers, advocates of wild animals are starting to deploy it as well, hailing it as an essential tool to combat the biodiversity crisis.—Teresa Tomassoni, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2023 Most of these pets contract rabies from contact with wild animals.—Abigail Celaya, The Arizona Republic, 26 Aug. 2023
For a bird’s eye view of the landscape, opt for a hot air balloon flight or a scenic flight across the great African wild.—Karthika Gupta, Robb Report, 7 Sep. 2023 Deer researchers from around the country have recorded a handful of wild does living anywhere from 15 to 19 years and at least one buck making it to 17.—Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 31 Aug. 2023 That actually was kind of early — that wasn’t even that wild!—Emily Longeretta, Variety, 23 Aug. 2023 Without the technical regulation restrictions from a sanctioning body, the GTD's road-legal status has allowed Ford to go bucking-bronco wild.—Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2023 In October 2021, The Oscar winner and environmentalist, along with Forest Whitaker and Djimon Hounsou, joined Prince Harry, 38, and leading conservationists in calling for an immediate suspension on oil and gas drilling in Africa's Okavango River Basin, according to a press release from Re:wild.—Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 2 July 2023 Ford is aware: Frank, now 74 and reporting from the political wilds of 2020, is diminished too.—Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2023 Set in the southern wilds of New Zealand, the novel follows a group of local guerrilla gardeners on a collision course with a cynical and conniving American billionaire.—Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 June 2023 The news, revealed Thursday by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, describes the second time such a mammal has been spotted in the California wild in nearly 100 years.—Dennis Romero, NBC News, 6 June 2023
All of it wild-caught.—Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 14 Aug. 2020 Our first stop is in a wild-looking stretch 200 yards south of the railroad tracks and State Street.—Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 2 Jan. 2023 Salmon from the North Pacific Ocean that is wild-caught, high in quality protein, and high in omega-3 long-chain fatty acids including EPA and DHA.—Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2022 Just 18 P900s will be built, and the wild-looking hypercar will cost $3 million.—Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 30 Nov. 2022 Even their currently available salmon was wild-caught off central California.—Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2022 Five treatment rooms house regionally inspired treatments and products which feature natural, bloom-to-bottle ingredients, some of which have been grown or wild-harvested on-site.—Yola Robert, Forbes, 26 May 2022 During the Depression, people ate wild-growing weeds such as dandelions out of necessity.—Gabriel Popkin, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2022 Advocates encourage businesses to use local, seasonal, and wild-grown ingredients, and tap into ancestral farming and foraging techniques.—Zinara Rathnayake, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2022 See More
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Middle English wilde, from Old English; akin to Old High German wildi wild, Welsh gwyllt
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a