wild·​ing | \ ˈwīl-diŋ How to pronounce wilding (audio) \

Definition of wilding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a plant growing uncultivated in the wild either as a native or an escape especially : a wild apple or crab apple
b : the fruit of a wilding
2 : a wild animal



Definition of wilding (Entry 2 of 2)

: not domesticated or cultivated : wild

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Synonyms & Antonyms for wilding

Synonyms: Adjective

feral, savage, unbroken, undomesticated, untamed, wild

Antonyms: Adjective

broken, busted, domestic, domesticated, gentled, tame, tamed

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Examples of wilding in a Sentence


a herd of wilding mustangs

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Remember Craster, the nasty wilding who let the Night's Watch crash at his place in exchange for not asking questions about where all his sons went? Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "'Game of Thrones': Everything you need to know about White Walkers," 25 Aug. 2017 Remember Mance Rayder, leader of the Wildings who got burned alive in season five? Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "13 Book Characters Game of Thrones Should Add Before the Show Ends," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of wilding


circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1697, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wilding


wild entry 1 + -ing entry 2

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