I hid out for weeks in my wilderness, now just a small vulnerable island of wildness, but at the time it felt huge.
Even in the middle of a big urban area, the river valleys had a wildness that reminded him of home in Alabama.
I was sick of his lateness and his wildness and sick of all that pain.
Ybarra had also pondered the allure of this kind of wildness.
Her gay freaks were quite gone, her wildness, her invention.
There was no longer any chance for the wildness of the beast to crop out.
All was calm—but there was a wildness in the sky like that of anger, which boded evil passions on the part of the atmosphere.
wildness was over all, but it was the wildness of former refinement.
The wildness of that one night in the old Abbey seemed to have power to govern all her life to come.
A being of grace, of beauty, and of a wildness that was part of the Hills and wind!
Old English wilde "in the natural state, uncultivated, undomesticated," from Proto-Germanic *wilthijaz (cf. Old Saxon wildi, Old Norse villr, Old Frisian wilde, Dutch wild, Old High German wildi, German wild, Gothic wilþeis "wild," German Wild (n.) "game"), probably from PIE *ghwelt- (cf. Welsh gwyllt "untamed"), related to the base of Latin 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). Wild West first recorded 1849. Wild Turkey brand of whiskey (Austin Nichols Co.) in use from 1942.
"to run wild," Old English awildian (see wild (adj.)). Wilding in the teen gang sense first recorded 1989.