Jane was half wild with joy when she heard that Captain Stone had brought her good news from home.
Webster was half wild with the tumult of the great campaign.
The people of Abeokuta were half wild with exultation and joy, and their gratitude to their white allies was unbounded.
He must have been half wild, delirious from fever, to have done such a thing.
Some of them were quite wild, for Tillie was more than half wild herself.
He has been half wild all day and altogether different from his usual self.
They're not so bad—only a bit rough, you know—sort o' half wild yet.
His work is often half wild, half melancholy, but always original.
Im not going to take any chances with these half wild poniesand you girls in the wagon.
She would give no answers to his eager, importunate questioning, and ran away and left him, half wild and desperate.
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.