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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wildlyadverb

    to an extreme or greatly exaggerated degree

    "the storyline is wildly unrealistic"

  2. wildlyadverb

    in an uncontrolled or unrestrained manner

    "He gesticulated wildly"

  3. wildlyadverb

    with violent and uncontrollable passion

    "attacked wildly, slashing and stabbing over and over"


  1. wildlyadverb

    In a wild, uncontrolled manner.

    He swung wildly at the guy's head, but ended up on the floor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wildlyadverb

    Etymology: from wild.

    That which grows wildly of itself, is worth nothing. More.

    Put your discourse into some frame, and start not so wildly from my affair. William Shakespeare.

    Mrs. Page, at the door, sweating, blowing, and looking wildly, would needs speak with you. William Shakespeare.

    Young mothers wildly stare with fear opprest,
    And strain their helpless infants to their breast. Dryden.

    His fever being come to a height, he grew delirious, and talked very wildly. Female Quixote.

    As th’ unthought accident is guilty
    Of what we wildly do, so we profess
    Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies
    Of every wind that blows. William Shakespeare.

    She, wildly wanton, wears by night away
    The sign of all our labours done by day. Dryden.


  1. wildly

    Wildly refers to something happening or present in a manner that is uncontrolled, unrestrained, chaotic, or intense. It can refer to both physical actions and emotions. For example, behaving wildly in a party would mean to behaving without restraint, or feelings of happiness can escalate wildly, meaning they increase rapidly and intensely.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wildlyadverb

    in a wild manner; without cultivation; with disorder; rudely; distractedly; extravagantly

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wildly in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wildly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of wildly in a Sentence

  1. Richard Haass:

    These are obviously wildly unattractive alternatives, we're not looking to have another war. We don't want to see a Middle East, as bad as it is, get even worse with nuclear weapons under multiple hands of control.

  2. Lana Wachowski:

    The summer is built around familiarity, many cultural critics who shape awareness for films are obsessed with sequels and derivative material. They wildly crave it. That kind of environment is hostile to originality. It only makes space for derivative material and rejects originality. I think Warner Bros. was uncomfortable with that environment.

  3. Ralph Peters:

    There aren't little giveaways, it's the overall skill with which the attack was executed, and they didn't just go nuts and shoot wildly, as amateur jihadis do. They set out to kill specific people and never list focus. [ They ] even stayed cool during the getaway phase. These men had killed before.

  4. Agatha Christie:

    I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable ... but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

  5. Jeff Miller:

    VA's statistics regarding the number of veterans harmed by department delays in care are almost certainly wildly inaccurate and we may never know the actual number of veterans affected by gaps in the VA system that existed for years, accountability for the VA leaders responsible for misleading Congress and the public on this important matter is sorely needed.

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • A. tacky
    • B. contagious
    • C. arbitrary
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