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wild

[wahyld] /waɪld/
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,
  1. to grow unchecked:
    The rambler roses are running wild.
  2. to show lack of restraint or control:
    Those children are allowed to run wild.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English wilde; cognate with Dutch, German wild, Old Norse villr, Swedish vild, Gothic wiltheis
Related forms
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
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. tame.
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British Dictionary definitions for overwild

wild

/waɪld/
adjective
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) (postpositive) foll by about. 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
  1. rough; untamed; barbarous
  2. (of theories, plans, etc) not fully thought out
adverb
16.
in a wild manner
17.
run wild
  1. to grow without cultivation or care
  2. to behave without restraint
noun
18.
(often pl) a desolate, uncultivated, or uninhabited region
19.
the wild
  1. a free natural state of living
  2. the wilderness
Derived Forms
wildish, adjective
wildly, adverb
wildness, noun
Word Origin
Old English wilde; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wildi, Old Norse villr, Gothic wiltheis

Wild

/waɪld/
noun
1.
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
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Word Origin and History for overwild

wild

adj.

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.

v.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for overwild

wiggy

adjective
  1. Exciting and up-to-date; cool, far out: But I have some really wiggy experiences (1960s+ Cool talk)
  2. Intoxicated on or using narcotics; out of it, spaced-out, wigged out: one of whom is so wiggy that she got fired from her job
  3. Crazy; weird; strange: Things were wiggy/ neither a wiggy sexual penitent, nor a kohl-eyed tough cookie
Related Terms

wig out


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