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Billy (Samuel Wilder) 1906–2002, U.S. film director, producer, and writer; born in Austria.
Laura Ingalls [ing-guhlz] , 1867–1957, U.S. writer of children's books.
Thornton (Niven) [thawrn-tn niv-uhn] , 1897–1975, U.S. novelist and playwright.
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wilder (ˈwɪldə)
1.  to lead or be led astray
2.  to bewilder or become bewildered
[C17: of uncertain origin]

Wilder (ˈwaɪldə)
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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Word Origin & History

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.

"to run wild," O.E. awildian (see wild (adj.)). Wilding in the teen gang sense first recorded 1989.
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