wild·​ly | \ ˈwī(-ə)l(d)-lē How to pronounce wildly (audio) \

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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For years, the plucky central Vietnamese kitchen has hidden in the shadow of UnPhogettable, the wildly popular pho shop at the front of the mall. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Go to Hue Gourmet for Vietnamese cuisine you can't find anywhere else in metro Phoenix," 10 July 2019 For a bit of perspective, the finale of the wildly popular Big Bang Theory had slightly more than 23 million viewers and the final episode of Game of Thrones had more than 19 million. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "What Stranger Things' High Viewership Numbers Actually Mean," 9 July 2019 The only problem is that this soundbar is usually wildly expensive, until now. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "This Sonos soundbar is on sale for an amazing price right now," 9 July 2019 Bill Schulz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Summerfest’s hip-hop bookings have swung wildly over the last decade, from massive gets like Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar to lackluster years solely featuring past-their-prime perennials. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q light up Summerfest's last night in Milwaukee," 8 July 2019 Her eclectic chapters include the story of the Berkshire hog, an import that became wildly popular in Illinois in the late 19th century and tied local farmers to British standards of agriculture, science and taste. Carlos Lozada, Houston Chronicle, "Are we telling the right story of America?," 6 July 2019 The world undoubtedly gets a bit weird when your real life partner also plays your partner on a wildly popular Netflix series. Kelsea Stahler, refinery29.com, "Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer & Charlie Heaton Respond To Fans Who Still Ship Steve & Nancy," 5 July 2019 Materials stocks also swung wildly, hit by sliding prices of commodities like oil and copper. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "S&P 500 Posts Best First Half in 22 Years," 28 June 2019 Beierle fired wildly and fast, not seeming to target any one student so much as all of them. Washington Post, "He always hated women.," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of wildly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wildly was in the 14th century

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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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something desired as essential

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