wil·​der ˈwil-dər How to pronounce wilder (audio)
wildered; wildering; wilders

transitive verb

archaic : to lead astray
archaic : bewilder, perplex

intransitive verb

archaic : to move at random : wander
wilderment noun archaic

Examples of wilder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nowadays, these grounds are mowed just twice a year, and haven’t been doused with pesticides or rodenticides since 2018, which was when this 157-acre stretch of land stopped being the San Geronimo Golf Course, and began a journey toward becoming wild, or at least wilder, once again. Cara Buckley, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 The model is smaller and, well, wilder than the big boats Wider has historically delivered, signaling the start of a new design era for the Italian yard. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 12 Feb. 2024 Berlin takes an American, British sense of heist thrillers and French romanticism but mixes them with characters who are far more tumultuous, effervescent, febrile, wilder in emotions. John Hopewell, Variety, 18 Dec. 2023 Farther South The coast grows less developed and arguably wilder as one travels south. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Nov. 2023 The video features are even wilder: there’s an object eraser for video — just tap and an unwanted subject disappears! Allison Johnson, The Verge, 24 Oct. 2023 The crowd is ravenous, and That Mexican OT feeds off the energy, becoming bolder and wilder with his onstage antics. Jaime Falcón, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 The unusual hero car is a vintage Fiat 500, built specially with electric power to be faster and wilder, and it's shot for visceral thrills with real, practical stunts rather than CGI effects. Brendan McAleer, Car and Driver, 17 June 2023 Their path would be brutal (Philadelphia, then Atlanta), but wilder things have happened. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


probably irregular from wilderness

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wilder was in 1613

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Cite this Entry

“Wilder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wilder. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Biographical Definition

Wilder 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

Wil·​der ˈwī(-ə)l-dər How to pronounce Wilder (audio)
Billy 1906–2002 born Samuel Wilder American (Polish-born) filmmaker


2 of 3

biographical name (2)

Laura Ingalls 1867–1957 née Laura Ingalls American author


3 of 3

biographical name (3)

Thornton Niven 1897–1975 American author

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