wild·ly | \ˈwī(-ə)l(d)-lē \

Definition of wildly 

1 : in a wild manner was talking wildly

2 : extremely sense 2 wildly popular wildly enthusiastic

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Examples of wildly in a Sentence

He was waving his arms wildly. I'm not wildly enthusiastic about seeing them.

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Audiences have fallen in love with The Kissing Booth, the Beth Reekles's Wattpad short story turned YA novel and most recently adapted into a wildly-popular Netflix Original starring Joey King, Joel Courtney, and Jacob Elordi. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "“The Kissing Booth” Sequel: Everything We Know About the Possible Movie," 12 July 2018 That might not be wildly reassuring, but the Rangers continue to receive calls on Hamels during his struggles. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "How Hamels’ start on Friday could impact chances of a trade from Rangers," 12 July 2018 In truth, the price of milk varies wildly in Connecticut. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Politics and the Price of Milk," 14 July 2018 It had been wildly underutilized over the past decade, being owned by someone who lived out of state much of the time and whose overall focus was not on the success of downtown Elgin. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Real estate manager has bought 14 buildings in Elgin in 4 years — he's 'taking a bet' on the city," 13 July 2018 And second, to me, comedy is a stronger category this year than drama, which makes sense, because, generalizing wildly, comedy is a stronger genre in TV than drama right now. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Our TV Critics on the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 Maslany was brilliant as ever in a run of final episodes showcasing her ability to inhabit a host of wildly different characters. Glenn Whipp, latimes.com, "Emmy snubs and surprises: New faces are in, old institutions are out and Sandra Oh makes history," 12 July 2018 Results revealed two distinct groups of SNAP benefit recipients with wildly different spending patterns, Dorfman said. Nedra Rhone, ajc, "Study: Minority of SNAP recipients spend benefits early in the month," 10 July 2018 If the two of you have wildly different relationships with money, Thoma says the key is finding some middle ground. Marianne Hayes, Redbook, "How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire?," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of wildly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wildly

: in an uncontrolled or excited way : in a wild way

: very or extremely

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