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

Synonyms & Antonyms for wilding

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of wilding in a Sentence

Adjective a herd of wilding mustangs
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Big Sur’s Esalen for things like re-wilding and couples’ tantric dance or The Ranch Malibu for a no-option philosophy, eight hours of exercise, and body-fat monitoring. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Dec. 2019 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, 25 Aug. 2017 Remember Mance Rayder, leader of the Wildings who got burned alive in season five? Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, 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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The first known use of wilding was circa 1525

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“Wilding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wilding. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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