wild

adjective
\ ˈwī(-ə)ld How to pronounce wild (audio) \

Definition of wild

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : living in a state of nature and not ordinarily tame or domesticated wild ducks
b(1) : growing or produced without human aid or care wild honey
(2) : related to or resembling a corresponding cultivated or domesticated organism
c : of or relating to wild organisms the wild state
2a : not inhabited or cultivated wild land
b : not amenable to human habitation or cultivation also : desolate
3a(1) : not subject to restraint or regulation : uncontrolled also : unruly
(2) : emotionally overcome wild with grief also : passionately eager or enthusiastic was wild to own a toy train — J. C. Furnas
b : marked by turbulent agitation : stormy a wild night
c : going beyond normal or conventional bounds : fantastic wild ideas also : sensational
d : indicative of strong passion, desire, or emotion a wild gleam of delight in his eyesIrish Digest
5 : characteristic of, appropriate to, or expressive of wilderness, wildlife, or a simple or uncivilized society
6a : deviating from the intended or expected course wild spelling— C. W. Cunnington the throw was wild also : tending to throw inaccurately a wild pitcher
b : having no basis in known or surmised fact a wild guess
7 of a playing card : able to represent any card designated by the holder

wild

noun

Definition of wild (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a sparsely inhabited or uncultivated region or tract : wilderness
2 : a wild, free, or natural state or existence

wild

adverb

Definition of wild (Entry 3 of 3)

: in a wild manner: such as
a : without regulation or control plants that grow wild
b : off an intended or expected course

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Other Words from wild

Adjective

wildish \ ˈwī(-​ə)l-​dish How to pronounce wildish (audio) \ adjective
wildness \ ˈwī(-​ə)ld-​nəs How to pronounce wildness (audio) \ noun

Examples of wild in a Sentence

Adjective

wild places high in the mountains I felt a wild rage. He was wild with anger. The crowd went wild when the band took the stage.

Noun

They hiked through the wilds of Maine. The plants were collected from the wild. They will return the animal to the wild when it is healthy. Could these animals survive in the wild? I've only seen that animal in a zoo, never in the wild.

Adverb

These plants grow wild on the roadside. as soon as the doors opened, early-morning bargain hunters ran wild through the store
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Most have taken the precaution of constructing constitutional protections to save themselves from Plato’s nightmare (America has been shielded from President Donald Trump’s wilder ideas by the Bill of Rights and the separation of powers). The Economist, "What would Plato make of Boris Johnson?," 22 June 2019 Conceivably, if the Indians fall out of the wild-card race, Bauer could soon be dealt to Houston. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Trevor Bauer, Baseball’s Imperfect Evangelist," 21 June 2019 The crowd went wild when Cancio’s hands were raised. Manouk Akopyan, latimes.com, "Andrew Cancio retains title with early knockout over Alberto Machado," 21 June 2019 To explain the wild fluctuations in their numbers, pollsters and their eager enablers in the press have created an artificial narrative of candidates bouncing up and down as if the campaign were conducted on pogo sticks. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Polling Industry Is in Crisis," 21 June 2019 Billie Eilish sings of quiet angst; her fans, largely teenagers, go wild. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, "TV Is Terrible," 20 June 2019 Childs, 27, is a Ph.D. student in Colorado State University’s atmospheric science department researching wild weather trends. Jodi Torpey, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s future holds more and bigger hail, CSU weather researcher says," 12 June 2019 So Team Miller Lite rolled up, Cantroller in hand, and told us to go wild. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Miller Lite Turned a Beer Can Into a Video Game Controller, and We Tried It," 10 June 2019 Jurassic World is reopening its gates for a new animated Netflix series that’ll follow a group of adventuring teens left behind on Isla Nublar after the dinosaurs go wild. Piya Sinha-roy, EW.com, "Jurassic World reopens its gates for animated Camp Cretaceous Netflix series in 2020," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kansas Wichita: Two endangered Mexican wolf pups from a Kansas zoo have been released into the wild in Arizona. USA TODAY, "Mowing quest, mayo man, soybean scare: News from around our 50 states," 17 June 2019 The fish-skin therapy was used to treat two bears in 2017, and they were released into the wild in January. Fox News, "Bear cub burned in California wildfire gets 'fish-skin'," 10 Aug. 2018 Since its 1960 debut, the book—which tells the story of a lion cub raised by humans and later released into the wild, in search of a pride in Kenya—has been a hit with readers. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Books to Read Before You Go on Safari," 18 Apr. 2018 Ventress also explains the Shimmer, a dome-like forcefield that arose from a meteor crash site in the wilds of northwest Florida. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "Annihilation: A Beautiful Heap of Nonsense," 23 Feb. 2018 The reptile wandered onto the base flight line, where it was scooped up and returned to the wild. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Rogue Alligator Wandered onto a Florida Air Force Base," 15 May 2019 Now, there’s a concerted effort by the Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center in Wellington, Colorado, run by the federal Fish and Wildlife Service and supported by the government and some private partners, to reintroduce the species to the wild. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How to save a species (if you really want to)," 21 Nov. 2018 The nonprofit told The Times that the bird—named Lorax after the Dr. Seuss character—will get a physical exam and hopefully return to the wild. Fox News, "Rare snowy owl found in famed New York City jail," 4 July 2018 For now, Garcia says the animals can be bred slowly and there’s no exact timeline for when they can be reintroduced to the wild. National Geographic, "Nuns Resurrect Endangered Salamanders in First-of-its-Kind Conservation Effort," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Colorado enters Tuesday’s game at Chicago vs. the Cubs hot off of a 9-1 homestand and back in the thick of the National League wild-card race. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story leading Rockies’ resurgent offense," 4 June 2019 The crowd went wild, according to a video Bowling shared with the Louisville Courier-Journal. Cleve Wootson, chicagotribune.com, "Kentucky crowd cheered valedictorian for quoting Trump. Then he told them it was Obama.," 4 June 2018 On April 21, the Powdersville High School dubbed two students prom king and queen – and just like any other year, the crowd went wild. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "This Teen Won Prom King in a Dress, Then Got Bullied By His Classmates' Parents," 1 May 2018 Despite modest spring-training expectations from oddsmakers and analysts, the Oakland Athletics have emerged as baseball’s biggest surprise, surging into an American League wild-card spot with about six weeks remaining in the regular season. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Most 2018 Team in Baseball: the A’s," 14 Aug. 2018 And even if the Rays had somehow won their game earlier in the evening, the A’s 7-3 victory over the Mariners would have cemented at least a spot for Oakland in the American League wild-card game. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "It’s a celebration at Safeco Field, but visiting A’s enjoy all the fun of making playoffs," 24 Sep. 2018 When del Potro stood up and raised his arms in the air, the crowd went wild. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Kevin Anderson Upsets Roger Federer at Wimbledon," 11 July 2018 After the win, fans went wild all over Paris, and many congregated on the famous Champs-Elysees with plenty of flags and chants. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Watch: Fans Go Wild in Paris to Celebrate France Advancing to World Cup Final," 10 July 2018 And the library goes wild: There's more to do than just read at the St. Francis Public Library, 4230 S. Nicholson Ave. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 Things-to-do this week in the southern suburbs," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of wild

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

circa 1562, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wild

Adjective

Middle English wilde, from Old English; akin to Old High German wildi wild, Welsh gwyllt

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wild

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wild

 (Entry 1 of 3)

of an animal : living in nature without human control or care : not tame
of a plant : growing or produced in nature : not grown or farmed by people
of land : not changed by people : not settled or developed

wild

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wild (Entry 2 of 3)

: a large area of land where people do not live and where plants, trees, etc., grow freely
: a wild, free, or natural place, state, or existence

wild

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of wild (Entry 3 of 3)

: without being controlled

wild

adjective
\ ˈwīld How to pronounce wild (audio) \
wilder; wildest

Kids Definition of wild

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : living in a state of nature and not under human control and care : not tame wild animals
2 : growing or produced in nature : not cultivated by people wild honey wild grapes
3 : not civilized : savage They sought out wild places in the mountains.
4 : not kept under control : not restrained wild rage a wild party
5 : made without knowledge a wild guess
6 : done without accuracy a wild throw
7 : going beyond what is usual wild colors
8 : enthusiastic wild applause

Other Words from wild

wildly adverb
wildness noun

wild

noun

Kids Definition of wild (Entry 2 of 2)

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