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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But early buzz led Snap to wildly overestimate demand, leading to a charge of roughly $40 million in unsold inventory after the company ordered about 800,000 units from its Chinese supplier. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday is the busiest time of year for professional line sitters," 21 Nov. 2018 The price tag, though, differs wildly from the original price for the Swan scooter in China. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Unagi is the $1,190 electric scooter you won’t want to share with anyone," 17 Nov. 2018 Bewitched, a series about a beautiful, kind witch, became a wildly popular television show, reversing the traditionally grisly, evil image of witches that prevailed in film and television. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 Ah, there's something so soothing about getting out of bed and putting your feet on a wildly plush carpet. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Poll: Which '90s Home Trends Do You Wish Would Never Come Back?," 25 Oct. 2018 Courtsey This distaste for anger might seem ironic to anyone who watched two candidates on both ends of the political spectrum—Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders—wildly succeed by leveraging that exact emotion. Julie Zeilinger, Marie Claire, "The Women Who Ran...and Lost," 24 Oct. 2018 That being said, Ed Cox and Marc Molinaro's rhetoric on this is wildly inappropriate. Fox News, "Calls for civility after vandalism, violent clashes outside GOP headquarters in New York," 13 Oct. 2018 One of the biggest downsides to renewable sources like wind and solar is that these sources can fluctuate wildly, producing zero energy one day and more energy than necessary the next. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Wind Turbines Are Getting Less Powerful—and That's a Good Thing," 14 Sep. 2018 Eating Ground Cherries The distinctive, sweet-tart taste of ground cherries lends itself to wildly diverse recipes. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 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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