\ 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



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



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

Other Words from wild


wildish \ ˈwī(-​ə)l-​dish How to pronounce wild (audio) \ adjective
wildness \ ˈwī(-​ə)ld-​nəs How to pronounce wild (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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective From the vibrant red bedding to the mod bedframe and graphic lamp, this bedroom designed by Anthony Baratta feels both crisp and deliberate...and a little bit wild. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 23 June 2022 The animals are wild, and park visitors have been killed by falls, thermal features, and weather. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 21 June 2022 Existing Baptist congregations at the time were not wild about their new upstart neighbors. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 18 June 2022 As an experience of one man becoming completely unglued under pressure, though, Rounding makes for a wild, unsettlingly convincing ride. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 June 2022 Big cats like boxes too Just like domestic cats, big cats are wild about cardboard boxes too. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 17 June 2022 The trailer, which EW can exclusively debut above, gives a peek into what is sure to be a wild ride — pet tiger and all. Ashley Boucher, EW.com, 8 June 2022 The message is clear: cut costs and buckle up, as Americans may be in for a wild ride, signaling an end to the booming era. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 2 June 2022 The idea originates from his Uber driver, played by Australian comedian Claudia O’Doherty, who takes him on a wild ride. Michael Schneider, Variety, 31 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Año Nuevo State Park, researchers have now seen this super specialized sensory system at work in the wild for the first time. Sasha Warren, Scientific American, 13 June 2022 Mystifyingly, the story and screenplay (credited to director Colin Trevorrow and two others, though that can't be everyone) suggests that revived apex predators loose in the wild are the least of our worries. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 10 June 2022 Teagan White’s picture of this chimeric animal, glowing violet and indigo against an inky deep-sea background, is likely to induce awe, respect and the hope never to come across such a venomous thing in the wild. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 10 June 2022 Outdoor Expertise: Associate director of health at SELF who loves watching animals in the wild. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 8 June 2022 Ringo is thought to be around 44 years old and was born in the wild, while Cossette arrived at the zoo in 2016 from Anchorage, Alaska. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2022 Nothing brings on the warm and fuzzy ocean vibes like seeing dolphins in the wild. Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2022 Red wolves once roamed throughout the southeastern United States but were declared extinct in the wild in 1980, said Roberts. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 4 June 2022 There are now 196 Mexican wolves in the wild, a small increase from last year's 186. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 4 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Still, a pound of farmed and wild-caught salmon is sold profitably at supermarkets for about $10 and $20 respectively, so Wildtype has a long way to go. Brian Kateman, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Meats are certified as free from antibiotics, steroids, and hormones, and seafood is wild-caught or sustainably raised. Erica Sweeney, SELF, 4 Jan. 2022 How many endorsements offers will a tailback for Clemson or Georgia receive on Sunday morning after running wild on Saturday night? Terence Moore, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Fraud could manifest as claims of farmed shrimp being wild-caught, or as complete misrepresentations of the species you’re supposedly being served. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Jan. 2021 All seafood is wild-caught sustainably in Alaska, flash frozen and packed in coolers with dry ice. Eleanore Park, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2020 Chavie had been afraid to talk to such a wild-sounding person as Chani Getter, but on the phone Chani was very friendly. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2020 Unlike most property owners, the couple wants wild-growing weeds and as many animals walking around and pooping on their property as possible. Dallas News, 5 Oct. 2020 In 2020, there’s no excuse for a wild-flying broadhead. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 22 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of wild


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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1562, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wild


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

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27 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for wild


\ 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



Kids Definition of wild (Entry 2 of 2)

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