wild

wildly, adv.wildness, n.
/wuyld/, adj., wilder, wildest, adv., n.
adj.
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. Metall. (of molten metal) generating large amounts of gas during cooling, so as to cause violent bubbling.
adv.
19. in a wild manner; wildly.
20. blow wild, (of an oil or gas well) to spout in an uncontrolled way, as in a blowout. Cf. blowout (def. 4).
21. run wild,
a. to grow unchecked: The rambler roses are running wild.
b. to show lack of restraint or control: Those children are allowed to run wild.
n.
22. 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.
[bef. 900; ME, OE wilde; c. D, G wild, ON villr, Sw vild, Goth wiltheis]
Syn. 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.
Ant. 1. tame.

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(as used in expressions)
wild ass
Hickok Wild Bill

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Universalium. 2010.

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