1
: having a wild expression in the eyes
2
: consisting of or favoring extreme or visionary ideas

Examples of wild-eyed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The aye-aye, with its permanent expression of wild-eyed shock and long, slender skeleton fingers, is as much a fright as an eyesore. Discover Magazine, 8 Jan. 2024 Better still, Austin was a fan of Abbey’s writing and a close friend of Doug Peacock, the Vietnam War veteran on whom Abbey based his wild-eyed saboteur George Hayduke in The Monkey Wrench Gang. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 This is serious business, as serious as when wild-eyed protesters descended on the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices following the Dobbs decision. Becket Adams, National Review, 24 Dec. 2023 This month, the 34-year-old actor is reprising his wacky, wild-eyed and highly energetic Grinch performance for the third year in a row. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 Oldboy is flashy, but there’s a moral and social disconnect between showing off Park’s undeniable chops and Choi Min-sik’s wild-haired, wild-eyed, poignant descent into madness. Armond White, National Review, 6 Sep. 2023 Those wild-eyed potential promises of the future can wait. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Aug. 2023 The two-hour play, which opened Saturday in its world premiere, turns Christie’s serious novel into a raucous parody that pokes fun at theatrical conventions and transforms the famously fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot into a wild-eyed cartoonish creation. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2023 Rather than a wild-eyed femme fatale, the film opts for a Carmen (Melissa Barrera) who’s a Mexican immigrant heading north after her mother’s murder. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wild-eyed was in 1791

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“Wild-eyed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild-eyed. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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