What does wild mean?

Definitions for wildwaɪld

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wild.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wild, natural state, state of nature(noun)

    a wild primitive state untouched by civilization

    "he lived in the wild"; "they collected mushrooms in the wild"

  2. wilderness, wild(adj)

    a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition

    "it was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers"

  3. wild(adj)

    marked by extreme lack of restraint or control

    "wild talk"; "wild parties"

  4. wild, untamed(adj)

    in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated

    "wild geese"; "edible wild plants"

  5. wild(adj)

    in a state of extreme emotion

    "wild with anger"; "wild with grief"

  6. wild(adj)

    deviating widely from an intended course

    "a wild bullet"; "he threw a wild pitch"

  7. violent, wild(adj)

    (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud

    "a violent clash of colors"; "her dress was a violent red"; "a violent noise"; "wild colors"; "wild shouts"

  8. baseless, groundless, idle, unfounded, unwarranted, wild(adj)

    without a basis in reason or fact

    "baseless gossip"; "the allegations proved groundless"; "idle fears"; "unfounded suspicions"; "unwarranted jealousy"

  9. raving mad, wild(adj)

    talking or behaving irrationally

    "a raving lunatic"

  10. hazardous, risky, wild(adj)

    involving risk or danger

    "skydiving is a hazardous sport"; "extremely risky going out in the tide and fog"; "a wild financial scheme"

  11. fantastic, wild(adj)

    fanciful and unrealistic; foolish

    "a fantastic idea of his own importance"

  12. godforsaken, waste, wild(adj)

    located in a dismal or remote area; desolate

    "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"

  13. crazy, wild, dotty, gaga(adj)

    intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with

    "crazy about cars and racing"; "he is potty about her"

  14. barbarian, barbaric, savage, uncivilized, uncivilised, wild(adj)

    without civilizing influences

    "barbarian invaders"; "barbaric practices"; "a savage people"; "fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade; "wild tribes"

  15. angry, furious, raging, tempestuous, wild(adverb)

    (of the elements) as if showing violent anger

    "angry clouds on the horizon"; "furious winds"; "the raging sea"

  16. rampantly, wild(adverb)

    in an uncontrolled and rampant manner

    "weeds grew rampantly around here"

  17. wild(adverb)

    in a wild or undomesticated manner

    "growing wild"; "roaming wild"


  1. wild(Noun)

    The undomesticated state of a wild animal

    After mending the lion's leg, we returned him to the wild

  2. wild(Noun)

    a wilderness

  3. wild(Verb)

    To commit random acts of assault, robbery, and rape in an urban setting, especially as a gang.

  4. wild(Adverb)

    Inaccurately; not on target.

    The javelin flew wild and struck a spectator, to the horror of all observing.

  5. wild(Adjective)

    Untamed; not domesticated.

    The island of Chincoteague is famous for its wild horses.

  6. wild(Adjective)

    Unrestrained or uninhibited.

    I was filled with wild rage when I discovered the infidelity, and punched a hole in the wall.

  7. wild(Adjective)

    Raucous, unruly, or licentious.

    The fraternity was infamous for its wild parties, which frequently resulted in police involvement.

  8. wild(Adjective)

    Visibly and overtly anxious; frantic.

    Her mother was wild with fear when she didn't return home after the party.

  9. wild(Adjective)

    Disheveled, tangled, or untidy.

    After a week on the trail without a mirror, my hair was wild and dirty.

  10. wild(Adjective)


    I'm not wild about the idea of a two day car trip with my nephews, but it's my only option.

  11. wild(Adjective)


    The novice archer fired a wild shot and hit her opponent's target.

  12. wild(Adjective)

    Not capable of being represented as a finite closed polygonal chain.

  13. Wild(ProperNoun)

    for a wild person, or for someone living in uncultivated land.

  14. Origin: wilde, from wilþjaz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wild

    living in a state of nature; inhabiting natural haunts, as the forest or open field; not familiar with, or not easily approached by, man; not tamed or domesticated; as, a wild boar; a wild ox; a wild cat

  2. Wild

    growing or produced without culture; growing or prepared without the aid and care of man; native; not cultivated; brought forth by unassisted nature or by animals not domesticated; as, wild parsnip, wild camomile, wild strawberry, wild honey

  3. Wild

    desert; not inhabited or cultivated; as, wild land

  4. Wild

    savage; uncivilized; not refined by culture; ferocious; rude; as, wild natives of Africa or America

  5. Wild

    not submitted to restraint, training, or regulation; turbulent; tempestuous; violent; ungoverned; licentious; inordinate; disorderly; irregular; fanciful; imaginary; visionary; crazy

  6. Wild

    exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered; as, a wild roadstead

  7. Wild

    indicating strong emotion, intense excitement, or /ewilderment; as, a wild look

  8. Wild

    hard to steer; -- said of a vessel

  9. Wild(noun)

    an uninhabited and uncultivated tract or region; a forest or desert; a wilderness; a waste; as, the wilds of America; the wilds of Africa

  10. Wild(adverb)

    wildly; as, to talk wild

  11. Origin: [OE. wilde, AS. wilde; akin to OFries. wilde, D. wild, OS. & OHG. wildi, G. wild, Sw. & Dan. vild, Icel. villr wild, bewildered, astray, Goth. wilpeis wild, and G. & OHG. wild game, deer; of uncertain origin.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wild

    wīld, adj. frolicsome, light-hearted: being in a state of nature: not tamed or cultivated: uncivilised: desert: unsheltered: violent: eager, keen: licentious: fantastic: wide of the mark.—n. an uncultivated region: a forest or desert.—ns. Wīld′-ass, an Asiatic or African ass living naturally in a wild state; Wīld′-boar, a wild swine or animal of the hog kind.—adj. Wīld′-born, born in a wild state.—n. Wīld′-cat, the undomesticated cat.—adj. (U.S.) haphazard, reckless, unsound financially.—ns. Wīld′-cherr′y, any uncultivated tree bearing cherries, or its fruit; Wīld′-duck, any duck excepting the domesticated duck.—v.t. Wilder (wil′dėr), to bewilder.—v.i. to wander widely or wildly.—adv. Wil′deredly, in a wildered manner.—ns. Wil′dering, any plant growing wild, esp. one that has escaped from a state of cultivation; Wil′derment, confusion; Wil′derness, a wild or waste place: an uncultivated region: a confused mass: (Shak.) wildness; Wīld′-fire, a composition of inflammable materials: a kind of lightning flitting at intervals: a disease of sheep; Wīld′-fowl, the birds of the duck tribe: game-birds; Wīld′-fowl′ing, the pursuit of wild-fowl; Wīld′-goose, a bird of the goose kind which is wild or feral; Wīld′-goose-chase (see Chase); Wīld-hon′ey, the honey of wild bees; Wīld′ing, that which grows wild or without cultivation: a wild crab-apple.—adj. uncultivated.—adj. Wīld′ish, somewhat wild.—n. Wīld′-land, land completely uncultivated.—adv. Wīld′ly.—ns. Wīld′ness; Wīld′-oat, a tall perennial Old World grass.—adj. Wīld′-wood, belonging to wild uncultivated wood.—n. a forest.—Wild animals, undomesticated animals; Wild birds, birds not domesticated, esp. those protected at certain seasons under the Act of 1880; Wild hunt, the name given in Germany to a noise sometimes heard in the air at night, mostly between Christmas and Epiphany, as of a host of spirits rushing along, accompanied by the shouting of huntsmen and the baying of dogs—the 'Seven Whistlers' and 'Gabriel's Hounds' of our own north country; Wild shot, a chance shot.—Run wild, to take to loose living: to revert to the wild or uncultivated state; Sow wild oats (see Oat). [A.S. wild; prob. orig. 'self-willed,' from the root of will; Ger. wild.]

  2. Wild

    wīld, a variety of weald.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wild' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1992

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wild' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3468

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wild' in Adjectives Frequency: #248


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wild in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wild in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Brian King:

    These regulations can ultimately help to ensure that the landscape for these products is no longer the wild, wild West.

  2. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    The adoration of his heart had been to her only as the perfume of a wild flower, which she had carelessly crushed with her foot in passing.

  3. Buddha:

    An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast - a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

  4. Henry Ward Beecher:

    The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection.

  5. Barbara Mikulski:

    I don't want the derivative market to go wild. This is not the Wild West. We made sure that we put money in the federal checkbook, agencies that are in charge with enforcing the rules to protect against abuse are funded.

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