Definitions for wild
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word wild.
wild, natural state, state of naturenoun
a wild primitive state untouched by civilization
"he lived in the wild"; "they collected mushrooms in the wild"
a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition
"it was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers"
marked by extreme lack of restraint or control
"wild talk"; "wild parties"
in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated
"wild geese"; "edible wild plants"
in a state of extreme emotion
"wild with anger"; "wild with grief"
deviating widely from an intended course
"a wild bullet"; "he threw a wild pitch"
(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"
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"
raving mad, wildadjective
talking or behaving irrationally
"a raving lunatic"
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"
fanciful and unrealistic; foolish
"a fantastic idea of his own importance"
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"
crazy, wild, dotty, gagaadjective
intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with
"crazy about cars and racing"; "he is potty about her"
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"
angry, furious, raging, tempestuous, wildadverb
(of the elements) as if showing violent anger
"angry clouds on the horizon"; "furious winds"; "the raging sea"
in an uncontrolled and rampant manner
"weeds grew rampantly around here"
in a wild or undomesticated manner
"growing wild"; "roaming wild"
The undomesticated state of a wild animal
After mending the lion's leg, we returned him to the wild
To commit random acts of assault, robbery, and rape in an urban setting, especially as a gang.
Inaccurately; not on target.
The javelin flew wild and struck a spectator, to the horror of all observing.
Untamed; not domesticated.
The island of Chincoteague is famous for its wild horses.
Unrestrained or uninhibited.
I was filled with wild rage when I discovered the infidelity, and punched a hole in the wall.
Raucous, unruly, or licentious.
The fraternity was infamous for its wild parties, which frequently resulted in police involvement.
Visibly and overtly anxious; frantic.
Her mother was wild with fear when she didn't return home after the party.
Disheveled, tangled, or untidy.
After a week on the trail without a mirror, my hair was wild and dirty.
I'm not wild about the idea of a two day car trip with my nephews, but it's my only option.
The novice archer fired a wild shot and hit her opponent's target.
Not capable of being represented as a finite closed polygonal chain.
for a wild person, or for someone living in uncultivated land.
Etymology: wilde, from wilþjaz.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
A desart; a tract uncultivated and uninhabited.
Etymology: from the adjective.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
desert; not inhabited or cultivated; as, wild land
savage; uncivilized; not refined by culture; ferocious; rude; as, wild natives of Africa or America
not submitted to restraint, training, or regulation; turbulent; tempestuous; violent; ungoverned; licentious; inordinate; disorderly; irregular; fanciful; imaginary; visionary; crazy
exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered; as, a wild roadstead
indicating strong emotion, intense excitement, or /ewilderment; as, a wild look
hard to steer; -- said of a vessel
an uninhabited and uncultivated tract or region; a forest or desert; a wilderness; a waste; as, the wilds of America; the wilds of Africa
wildly; as, to talk wild
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
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.]
wīld, a variety of weald.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
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.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'wild' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1992
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'wild' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3468
Rank popularity for the word 'wild' in Adjectives Frequency: #248
The numerical value of wild in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of wild in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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.
Our religion is connected with wild animals, because wild animals have a consciousness and can feel love and compassion therefore, we protect wild-animals.
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Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…
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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Translations for wild
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- salvatgeCatalan, Valencian
- montaraz, fiero, salvajeSpanish
- villi, kesytönFinnish
- allaidh, fiadhaichScottish Gaelic
- վայրենի, վայրիArmenian
- selvatico, selvaggioItalian
- crudelis, saevus, silvestris, immanis, ferus, ferōxLatin
- wëllLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- taewao, mohoao, kuwaoMāori
- див, раздивен, разузденMacedonian
- sauvatge, salvatgeOccitan
- silvestre, bravio, selvagemPortuguese
- sulvadi, selvadi, sulvedi, salvatg, salvadiRomansh
- eremidu, spérdiu, spédriuSardinian
- neobuzdan, razuzdan, разуздан, divalj, необуздан, divljački, divlji, дивљачки, дивљи, диваљSerbo-Croatian
- divoký, divýSlovak
- hoang dãVietnamese
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