wilder

1 [wil-der] Archaic.
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause to lose one's way.
2.
to bewilder.
verb (used without object)
3.
to lose one's way.
4.
to be bewildered.

Origin:
1605–15; perhaps extracted from wilderness; intransitive use probably by association with wander

wilderment, noun
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wilder

2 [wahyl-der]
adjective
comparative of wild.

Wilder

[wahyl-der]
noun
1.
Billy (Samuel Wilder) 1906–2002, U.S. film director, producer, and writer; born in Austria.
2.
Laura Ingalls [ing-guhlz] , 1867–1957, U.S. writer of children's books.
3.
Thornton (Niven) [thawrn-tn niv-uhn] , 1897–1975, U.S. novelist and playwright.

wild

[wahyld]
adjective, wilder, wildest.
1.
living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated: a wild animal; wild geese.
2.
growing or produced without cultivation or the care of humans, as plants, flowers, fruit, or honey: wild cherries.
3.
uncultivated, uninhabited, or waste: wild country.
4.
uncivilized or barbarous: wild tribes.
5.
of unrestrained violence, fury, intensity, etc.; violent; furious: wild strife; wild storms.
6.
characterized by or indicating violent feelings or excitement, as actions or a person's appearance: wild cries; a wild look.
7.
frantic or distracted; crazy: to drive someone wild.
8.
violently or uncontrollably affected: wild with rage; wild with pain.
9.
undisciplined, unruly, or lawless: a gang of wild boys.
10.
unrestrained, untrammeled, or unbridled: wild enthusiasm.
11.
disregardful of moral restraints as to pleasurable indulgence: He repented his wild youth.
12.
unrestrained by reason or prudence: wild schemes.
13.
amazing or incredible: Isn't that wild about Bill getting booted out of the club?
14.
disorderly or disheveled: wild hair.
15.
wide of the mark: He scored on a wild throw.
16.
Informal. intensely eager or enthusiastic: wild to get started; wild about the new styles.
17.
Cards. (of a card) having its value decided by the wishes of the players.
18.
Metallurgy. (of molten metal) generating large amounts of gas during cooling, so as to cause violent bubbling.
adverb
19.
in a wild manner; wildly.
noun
20.
Often, wilds. an uncultivated, uninhabited, or desolate region or tract; waste; wilderness; desert: a cabin in the wild; a safari to the wilds of Africa.
verb (used with object), wilded, wilding.
21.
to travel around as a group, attacking or assaulting (people) in a random and violent way: The man was wilded and left for dead.
Idioms
22.
blow wild, (of an oil or gas well) to spout in an uncontrolled way, as in a blowout. Compare blowout ( def 4 ).
23.
run wild,
a.
to grow unchecked: The rambler roses are running wild.
b.
to show lack of restraint or control: Those children are allowed to run wild.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English, Old English wilde; cognate with Dutch, German wild, Old Norse villr, Swedish vild, Gothic wiltheis

wildly, adverb
wildness, noun
half-wild, adjective
half-wildly, adverb
half-wildness, noun
overwild, adjective
overwildly, adverb
overwildness, noun
semiwild, adjective
semiwildly, adverb
semiwildness, noun
unwild, adjective
unwildly, adverb
unwildness, noun


1. undomesticated, untamed, unbroken; ferocious. 4. barbarian, savage. 5. tempestuous, stormy, frenzied, turbulent. 6. boisterous. 7. insane. 9. self-willed, riotous, unrestrained, wayward. 10. uncontrollable. 12. reckless, rash, extravagant, impracticable. 13. grotesque, bizarre, strange, fanciful. 14. unkempt.


1. tame.
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wild (waɪld)
 
adj (foll by about)
1.  (of animals) living independently of man; not domesticated or tame
2.  (of plants) growing in a natural state; not cultivated
3.  uninhabited or uncultivated; desolate: a wild stretch of land
4.  living in a savage or uncivilized way: wild tribes
5.  lacking restraint: wild merriment
6.  of great violence or intensity: a wild storm
7.  disorderly or chaotic: wild thoughts; wild talk
8.  dishevelled; untidy: wild hair
9.  in a state of extreme emotional intensity: wild with anger
10.  reckless: wild speculations
11.  not calculated; random: a wild guess
12.  unconventional; fantastic; crazy: wild friends
13.  informal intensely enthusiastic or excited
14.  (of a card, such as a joker or deuce in some games) able to be given any value the holder pleases: jacks are wild
15.  wild and woolly
 a.  rough; untamed; barbarous
 b.  (of theories, plans, etc) not fully thought out
 
adv
16.  in a wild manner
17.  run wild
 a.  to grow without cultivation or care
 b.  to behave without restraint
 
n
18.  (often plural) a desolate, uncultivated, or uninhabited region
19.  the wild
 a.  a free natural state of living
 b.  the wilderness
 
[Old English wilde; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wildi, Old Norse villr, Gothic wiltheis]
 
'wildish
 
adj
 
'wildly
 
adv
 
'wildness
 
n

Wild (waɪld)
 
n
Jonathan. ?1682--1725, British criminal, who organized a network of thieves, highwaymen, etc, while also working as an informer: said to have sent over a hundred men to the gallows before being hanged himself

wilder (ˈwɪldə)
 
vb
1.  to lead or be led astray
2.  to bewilder or become bewildered
 
[C17: of uncertain origin]
 
'wilderment
 
n

Wilder (ˈwaɪldə)
 
n
1.  Billy, real name Samuel Wilder. 1906--2002, US film director and screenwriter, born in Austria. His films include Double Indemnity (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945), Sunset Boulevard (1950), The Seven Year Itch (1955), Some Like it Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), and Buddy Buddy (1981)
2.  Thornton. 1897--1975 US novelist and dramatist. His works include the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) and the play The Skin of Our Teeth (1942)

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wild
O.E. wilde "in the natural state, uncultivated, undomesticated," from P.Gmc. *wilthijaz (cf. O.S. wildi, O.N. villr, O.Fris. wilde, Du. wild, O.H.G. wildi, Ger. wild, Goth. wilþeis "wild," Ger. Wild (n.) "game"), probably from PIE *ghwelt- (cf. Welsh gwyllt "untamed"), related to the base of L.
ferus (see fierce).
"Ursula ... hath bin at all the Salsbury rasis, dancing like wild with Mr Clarks." [letter, 1674]
Meaning "sexually dissolute, loose" is attested from mid-13c. U.S. slang sense of "exciting, excellent" is recorded from 1955. The noun meaning "uncultivated or desolate region" is first attested 1590s in the wilds. Baseball wild pitch is recorded from 1867. Wildest dreams first attested 1961 (in Carson McCullers). Wildlife "fauna of a region" is attested from 1879. Wild West first recorded 1849. Wild Turkey brand of whiskey (Austin Nichols Co.) in use from 1942.

wild
"to run wild," O.E. awildian (see wild (adj.)). Wilding in the teen gang sense first recorded 1989.
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Example sentences
Ten million years ago, though, life was decidedly wilder.
The show always seems to come up with some of the wilder water-cooler moments of the week.
These wilder places are natural candidates for conservation measures.
Rather simplistic argument by the author, who may not have experienced the
  complexity of life in a wilder framework.
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