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ˈwɪl dərwilder

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Wilder, Thornton Wilder, Thornton Niven Wildernoun

    United States writer and dramatist (1897-1975)

  2. Wilder, Billy Wilder, Samuel Wildernoun

    United States filmmaker (born in Austria) whose dark humor infused many of the films he made (1906-2002)


  1. wilderverb

    To bewilder, perplex

  2. Etymology: From wild, probably suggested by wilderness, and as to form by wander.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Wilderverb

    To loose or puzzle in an unknown or pathless tract.

    Etymology: from wild.

    The little courtiers, who ne’er come to know
    The depth of factions, as in mazes go,
    Where interests meet, and cross so oft, that they
    With too much care are wilder’d in the way. Dryden.

    Oh thou! who free’st me from my doubtful state,
    Long lost and wilder’d in the maze of fate,
    Be present still. Alexander Pope.


  1. wilder

    "Wilder" can have different meanings depending on its context. 1. As an adjective, "wilder" can be a comparative term referring to something more untamed, uncultivated, crazy, or chaotic compared to something else. 2. As a noun, "Wilder" could also be a surname in English-speaking countries. Notable people by this name include acclaimed American playwright Thornton Wilder and heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder. 3. Additionally, "wilder" can be used as a verb, especially in British English, meaning to cause to lose one's way or to lead or drive astray.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wilderadjective

    to bewilder; to perplex

  2. Etymology: [Akin to E. wild, Dan. forvilde to bewilder, Icel. villr bewildered, villa to bewilder; cf. AS. wildor a wild animal. See Wild, a., and cf. Wilderness.]


  1. Wilder

    Wilder is a city in Canyon County, Idaho, United States. The population was 1,533 at the 2010 census. Wilder is part of the Boise City–Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wilder is ranked #1131 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wilder surname appeared 31,018 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 11 would have the surname Wilder.

    68% or 21,108 total occurrences were White.
    26.3% or 8,167 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 695 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 673 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 230 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 146 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wilder in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wilder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Wilder in a Sentence

  1. Charniele Herring:

    Douglas Wilder as lieutenant governor actions have been painful and cutting for many Virginians.

  2. Deontay Wilder:

    After that I am looking for a unification bout, i want one champion, one face, one name and he goes by the name Deontay Wilder.

  3. Antonin Artaud:

    There are souls that are incurable and lost to the rest of society. Deprive them of one means of folly, they will invent ten thousand others. They will create subtler, wilder methods, methods that are absolutely DESPERATE. Nature herself is fundamentally antisocial, it is only by a usurpation of powers that the organized body of society opposes the natural inclination of humanity.

  4. Seth Rogen:

    If someone's trying to murder someone with a baseball bat and someone's yelling at that person to stop, is that a feud between the baseball bat wielder and the person yelling at the baseball bat wilder? Feud implies two people hitting each other with baseball bats. Ted Cruz is a fascist. He denies the reality of the election. His words caused people to die and I'm making jokes about it. Is that a feud? I don't know. To me, it doesn't seem like a feud. To me, it seems I'm pointing out the fact that he's a terrible man whose words have resulted in death.

  5. Jeanette Piniones Navales:

    My kids are all doing good. Brooke, Wilder and Scout all huddled under our kitchen table till the shaking stopped, the dogs were more concerned as to what the heck we were doing under the table.

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