wild·​ly ˈwī(-ə)l(d)-lē How to pronounce wildly (audio)
: in a wild manner
was talking wildly
: extremely sense 2
wildly popular
wildly enthusiastic

Examples of wildly in a Sentence

He was waving his arms wildly. I'm not wildly enthusiastic about seeing them.
Recent Examples on the Web However, monetary policy could be loose only if our estimates were wildly off. Alexander William Salter, National Review, 16 Nov. 2023 Are two point guards with wildly divergent styles one too many? Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 Farmers are felling coffee trees traditionally grown in this cool hilly region to plant spiky durians, pungent fruits that have become wildly popular in China. Jon Emont, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2023 Still, the weather can swing wildly from summer to winter, as can the crowds and prices for hotels, excursions, and more. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 10 Nov. 2023 Unlike Chris Christie, whose potency as a debater was wildly overhyped, Nikki Haley can land a punch. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2023 As one who hates the formality of modern luxury, the Gili ethos resonated wildly with me. Tom Weijand, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2023 Unleashing the brave and provocative; wildly popular and wildly hated. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 6 Nov. 2023 His face, even above water, is perspiring wildly, large droplets of sweat streaming down his forehead. Angelica Aboulhosn, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Wildly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wildly. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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