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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word wild.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wild, natural state, state of naturenoun

    a wild primitive state untouched by civilization

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

  2. wilderness, wildadjective

    a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition

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

  3. wildadjective

    marked by extreme lack of restraint or control

    "wild talk"; "wild parties"

  4. wild, untamedadjective

    in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated

    "wild geese"; "edible wild plants"

  5. wildadjective

    in a state of extreme emotion

    "wild with anger"; "wild with grief"

  6. wildadjective

    deviating widely from an intended course

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

  7. violent, wildadjective

    (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, wildadjective

    without a basis in reason or fact

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

  9. raving mad, wildadjective

    talking or behaving irrationally

    "a raving lunatic"

  10. hazardous, risky, wildadjective

    involving risk or danger

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

  11. fantastic, wildadjective

    fanciful and unrealistic; foolish

    "a fantastic idea of his own importance"

  12. godforsaken, waste, wildadjective

    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, gagaadjective

    intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with

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

  14. barbarian, barbaric, savage, uncivilized, uncivilised, wildadjective

    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, wildadverb

    (of the elements) as if showing violent anger

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

  16. rampantly, wildadverb

    in an uncontrolled and rampant manner

    "weeds grew rampantly around here"

  17. wildadverb

    in a wild or undomesticated manner

    "growing wild"; "roaming wild"


  1. wildnoun

    The undomesticated state of a wild animal

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

  2. wildnoun

    a wilderness

  3. wildverb

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

  4. wildadverb

    Inaccurately; not on target.

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

  5. wildadjective

    Untamed; not domesticated.

    The island of Chincoteague is famous for its wild horses.

  6. wildadjective

    Unrestrained or uninhibited.

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

  7. wildadjective

    Raucous, unruly, or licentious.

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

  8. wildadjective

    Visibly and overtly anxious; frantic.

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

  9. wildadjective

    Disheveled, tangled, or untidy.

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

  10. wildadjective


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

  11. wildadjective


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

  12. wildadjective

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

  13. Wildnoun

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

  14. Etymology: wilde, from wilþjaz.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WILDadjective

    Etymology: wild , Saxon; wild, Dutch.

    For I am he am born to tame you, Kate,
    And bring you from a wild cat to a kate,
    Conformable as other houshold kates. William Shakespeare.

    Winter’s not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way. William Shakespeare.

    All beasts of the earth since wild. John Milton.

    Whatsoever will make a wild tree a garden tree, will make a garden tree to have less core or stone. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Goose grass or wild tansy is a weed that strong clays are very subject to. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    The wild bee breeds in the stocks of old willows, in which they first bore a canal, and furnish afterwards with hangings, made of rose leaves: and to finish their work divide the whole into several rooms or nests. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

    The wild beast where he wons in forest wild. John Milton.

    Affairs that walk,
    As they say spirits do, at midnight, have
    In them a wilder nature, than the business
    That seeks dispatch by day. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Though the inundation destroyed man and beast generally, yet some few wild inhabitants of the woods escaped. Francis Bacon.

    When they might not converse with any civil men without peril of their lives, whither should they fly but into the woods and mountains, and there live in a wild and barbarous manner. John Davies, on Ireland.

    May those already curst Essexian plains,
    Where hasty death and pining sickness reigns,
    Prove as a desart, and none there make stay,
    But savage beasts, or men as wild as they. Edmund Waller.

    His passions and his virtues lie confus’d,
    And mixt together in so wild a tumult,
    That the whole man is quite disfigur’d in him. Addison.

    That wild rout that tore the Thracian bard. John Milton.

    Valour grown wild by pride, and pow’r by rage,
    Did the true charms of majesty impair:
    Rome by degrees advancing more in age,
    Show’d sad remains of what had once been fair. Matthew Prior.

    In the ruling passion, there alone,
    The wild are constant, and the cunning known. Alexander Pope.

    Other bars he lays before me,
    My riots past, my wild societies. William Shakespeare.

    Besides, thou art a beau; what’s that my child?
    A fop well-drest, extravagant and wild:
    She that cries herbs has less impertinence,
    And in her calling, more of common sense. Dryden.

    What are these,
    So wither’d, and so wild in their attire,
    That look not like th’ inhabitants o’ the earth,
    And yet are on’t. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    With mountains, as with weapons, arm’d; they make
    Wild work in heav’n. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    The sea was very necessary to the ends of providence, and would have been a very wild world had it been without. John Woodward, Natural History.

    As universal as these appear to be, an effectual remedy might be applied: I am not at present upon a wild speculative project, but such a one as may be easily put in execution. Jonathan Swift.

  2. Wildnoun

    A desart; a tract uncultivated and uninhabited.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    We sometimes
    Who dwell this wild, constrain’d by want come forth
    To town or village nigh. John Milton, Paradise Regained.

    This gentle knight
    Forsook his easy couch at early day,
    And to the wood and wilds pursu’d his way. Dryden.

    Then Libya first, of all her moisture drain’d,
    Became a barren waste, a wild of sand. Addison.

    Is there a nation in the wilds of Afric,
    Amidst the barren rocks and burning sands
    That does not tremble at the Roman name? Addison.

    You rais’d these hallow’d walls; the desart smil’d,
    And paradise was open’d in the wild. Alexander Pope.


  1. Wild

    Wild is a single by English singer-songwriter Jessie J and the lead single from her second studio album, Alive (2013). The single released in the United Kingdom and Ireland features American rapper Big Sean and British MC Dizzee Rascal, while the single released in other countries such as Australia, the United States and the Netherlands only features Big Sean. It was written by Jessica Cornish, Claude Kelly, Dylan Mills, Joshua Coleman and Sean Anderson and produced by Ammo. The single was released as a download on 26 May 2013 in the United Kingdom. it reached #38 in the UK year-end chart, selling more than 300,000 copies. it also ended up at #71 in the Australian year-end chart, selling more than 150,000 copies.


  1. wild

    Wild generally refers to something that is in its natural, untouched, or uncultivated state. It can describe animals not tamed or domesticated, plants not cultivated by humans, places that are uncivilized or uninhabited, or actions that are violent, free, spontaneous and untamed. This term can also be used to describe a person being very enthusiastic or excited about something.

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. Wildnoun

    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. Wildadverb

    wildly; as, to talk wild

  11. Etymology: [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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. wild

    A ship's motion when she steers badly, or is badly steered. A wild roadstead implies one that is exposed to the wind and sea.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WILD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wild is ranked #4324 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wild surname appeared 8,217 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Wild.

    94.5% or 7,768 total occurrences were White.
    2.5% or 207 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 109 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 69 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 32 total occurrences were Black.
    0.3% or 32 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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

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  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

Examples of wild in a Sentence

  1. Public Health -LRB- DPH -RRB-:

    Rabies can turn wild animals extremely aggressive toward humans and pets, it is always important to be sure to never approach or feed wild animals. Keeping your trash covered and not leaving pet food outside of your house can be helpful ways to prevent attracting unwanted wild animals into our neighborhoods.

  2. Kunchok Jangtse:

    Our religion is connected with wild animals, because wild animals have a consciousness and can feel love and compassion therefore, we protect wild-animals.

  3. Stephanie Schriock:

    EMILY's List has been and will continue to be with Susan Wild every step of the way, we are proud to congratulate Susan Wild on Susan Wild victory tonight.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…

  5. Will Smith:

    My biggest emotional defeat and the greatest emotional pain I've had as an actor was when 'Wild Wild West' opened up to $52 million. The movie wasn't good. And it hurt so bad to be the No. 1 movie, to open at $52 million and to know the movie wasn't good.

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