wildish

wildish

[wahyl-dish]
adjective
somewhat wild.

Origin:
1705–15; wild + -ish1

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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

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