What does feral mean?

Definitions for feral
ˈfɪər əl, ˈfɛr-fer·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. feral, ferine, savageadjective

    wild and menacing

    "a pack of feral dogs"


  1. feralnoun

    A domesticated animal that has returned to the wild; an animal, particularly a domesticated animal, living independently of humans.

  2. feralnoun

    A contemptible young person, a lout, a person who behaves wildly.

  3. feralnoun

    A person who has isolated themselves from the outside world; one living an alternative lifestyle.

  4. feraladjective

    Wild, untamed, especially of domesticated animals having returned to the wild.

  5. feraladjective

    Contemptible, unruly, misbehaved.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Feraladjective

    Funereal; mournful; deadly. Dict.

    Etymology: feralis, Latin.


  1. Feral

    A feral (from Latin fera 'a wild beast') animal or plant is one that lives in the wild but is descended from domesticated individuals. As with an introduced species, the introduction of feral animals or plants to non-native regions may disrupt ecosystems and has, in some cases, contributed to extinction of indigenous species. The removal of feral species is a major focus of island restoration.


  1. feral

    Feral typically refers to plants or animals that were originally domesticated but have since reverted to a wild and untamed state. It is used to describe individuals or populations that have adapted to living in the wild, often exhibiting behaviors and characteristics that are distinct from their domesticated counterparts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Feraladjective

    wild; untamed; ferine; not domesticated; -- said of beasts, birds, and plants

  2. Feraladjective

    funereal; deadly; fatal; dangerous

  3. Etymology: [L. ferus. See Fierce.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of feral in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of feral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of feral in a Sentence

  1. Margaret Kudzma:

    My desperation to find him led to an unimaginable journey. I met dozens of people, who out of the goodness of their hearts, spend countless hours rescuing and caring for stray and feral cats, they helped me hand out flyers, hang posters, and search neighbors‘ yards. We set up feeding stations and night vision cameras in areas where sightings were reported.

  2. Dale Nolte:

    If you are a farmer, they can clean out your crops overnight, we have farmers tell us they have given up on planting high-dollar crops because of the feral hog problem.

  3. Tom Buchanan:

    Feral hogs wreak havoc on Oklahoma's farms, ranches and ecosystems, and cost farmers, ranchers and landowners.

  4. Xuhua Xia:

    This suggests the importance of monitoring SARS-like coronaviruses in feral dogs in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.

  5. Kevin Grant:

    Out in the wild, feral hogs are an ecological nightmare. There is very little that is beneficial to native wildlife that come from feral swine.

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