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Meaning of WILD

Pronunciation:  wIld

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  1. [n]  a wild and uninhabited area
  2. [n]  a wild primitive state untouched by civilization; "he lived in the wild"
  3. [adv]  in a wild or undomesticated manner; "growing wild"; "roaming wild"
  4. [adv]  in an uncontrolled and rampant manner; "weeds grew rampantly around here"
  5. [adj]  (of the elements) as if showing violent anger; "angry clouds on the horizon"; "furious winds"; "the raging sea"
  6. [adj]  without civilizing influences; "barbarian invaders"; "barbaric practices"; "a savage people"; "fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade; "wild tribes"
  7. [adj]  not subjected to control or restraint; "a piano played with a wild exuberance"- Louis Bromfield
  8. [adj]  deviating widely from an intended course; "a wild bullet"; "a wild pitch"
  9. [adj]  located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"
  10. [adj]  (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud; "a violent clash of colors"; "her dress was a violent red"; "a violent noise"; "wild colors"; "wild shouts"
  11. [adj]  in a state of extreme emotion; "wild with anger"; "wild with grief"
  12. [adj]  produced without being planted or without human labor; "wild strawberries"
  13. [adj]  talking or behaving irrationally; "a raving lunatic"
  14. [adj]  in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated; "wild geese"; "edible wild plants"
  15. [adj]  marked by extreme lack of restraint or control; "wild ideas"; "wild talk"; "wild originality"; "wild parties"

WILD is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: angry, barbarian, barbaric, chaotic, delirious, desert, disorderly, excited, feral, frantic, frenzied, furious, godforsaken, inhospitable, insane, intense, mad, manic, natural state, noncivilised, noncivilized, passionate, raging, rampantly, raving, raving mad, savage, spontaneous, state of nature, stormy, tempestuous, unbroken, uncivilised, uncivilized, uncontrolled, undomesticated, unplanted, unrestrained, untamed, violent, waste, wilderness
 Antonyms: tame, tamed
 See Also: barren, bush, crudeness, crudity, frontier, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, intractable, primitiveness, primitivism, rudeness, state, unquiet, waste, wasteland



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wild\, a. [Compar. {Wilder}; superl. {Wildest}.] [OE.
    wilde, AS. wilde; akin to OFries. wilde, D. wild, OS. & OHG.
    wildi, G. wild, Sw. & Dan. vild, Icel. villr wild,
    bewildered, astray, Goth. wilpeis wild, and G. & OHG. wild
    game, deer; of uncertain origin.]
    1. Living in a state of nature; inhabiting natural haunts, as
       the forest or open field; not familiar with, or not easily
       approached by, man; not tamed or domesticated; as, a wild
       boar; a wild ox; a wild cat.
             Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that
             way.                                  --Shak.
    2. Growing or produced without culture; growing or prepared
       without the aid and care of man; native; not cultivated;
       brought forth by unassisted nature or by animals not
       domesticated; as, wild parsnip, wild camomile, wild
       strawberry, wild honey.
             The woods and desert caves, With wild thyme and
             gadding vine o'ergrown.               --Milton.
    3. Desert; not inhabited or cultivated; as, wild land. ``To
       trace the forests wild.'' --Shak.
    4. Savage; uncivilized; not refined by culture; ferocious;
       rude; as, wild natives of Africa or America.
    5. Not submitted to restraint, training, or regulation;
       turbulent; tempestuous; violent; ungoverned; licentious;
       inordinate; disorderly; irregular; fanciful; imaginary;
       visionary; crazy. ``Valor grown wild by pride.'' --Prior.
       ``A wild, speculative project.'' --Swift.
             What are these So withered and so wild in their
             attire ?                              --Shak.
             With mountains, as with weapons, armed; which makes
             Wild work in heaven.                  --Milton.
             The wild winds howl.                  --Addison.
             Search then the ruling passion, there, alone The
             wild are constant, and the cunning known. --Pope.
    6. Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered; as, a wild
    7. Indicating strong emotion, intense excitement, or
       ?ewilderment; as, a wild look.
    8. (Naut.) Hard to steer; -- said of a vessel.
    Note: Many plants are named by prefixing wild to the names of
          other better known or cultivated plants to which they a
          bear a real or fancied resemblance; as, wild allspice,
          wild pink, etc. See the Phrases below.
    {To run wild}, to go unrestrained or untamed; to live or
       untamed; to live or grow without culture or training.
    {To sow one's wild oats}. See under {Oat}.
    {Wild allspice}. (Bot.), spicewood.
    {Wild balsam apple} (Bot.), an American climbing
       cucurbitaceous plant ({Echinocystis lobata}).
    {Wild basil} (Bot.), a fragrant labiate herb ({Calamintha
       Clinopodium}) common in Europe and America.
    {Wild bean} (Bot.), a name of several leguminous plants,
       mostly species of {Phaseolus} and {Apios}.
    {Wild bee} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
       undomesticated social bees, especially the domestic bee
       when it has escaped from domestication and built its nest
       in a hollow tree or among rocks.
    {Wild bergamot}. (Bot.) See under {Bergamot}.
    {Wild boar} (Zo["o]l.), the European wild hog ({Sus scrofa}),
       from which the common domesticated swine is descended.
    {Wild brier} (Bot.), any uncultivated species of brier. See
    {Wild bugloss} (Bot.), an annual rough-leaved plant
       ({Lycopsis arvensis}) with small blue flowers.
    {Wild camomile} (Bot.), one or more plants of the composite
       genus {Matricaria}, much resembling camomile.
    {Wild cat}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) A European carnivore ({Felis catus}) somewhat
           resembling the domestic cat, but larger stronger, and
           having a short tail. It is destructive to the smaller
           domestic animals, such as lambs, kids, poultry, and
           the like.
       (b) The common American lynx, or bay lynx.
       (c) (Naut.) A wheel which can be adjusted so as to revolve
           either with, or on, the shaft of a capstan. --Luce.
    {Wild celery}. (Bot.) See {Tape grass}, under {Tape}.
    {Wild cherry}. (Bot.)
       (a) Any uncultivated tree which bears cherries. The wild
           red cherry is {Prunus Pennsylvanica}. The wild black
           cherry is {P. serotina}, the wood of which is much
           used for cabinetwork, being of a light red color and a
           compact texture.
       (b) The fruit of various species of {Prunus}.
    {Wild cinnamon}. See the Note under {Canella}.
    {Wild comfrey} (Bot.), an American plant ({Cynoglossum
       Virginicum}) of the Borage family. It has large bristly
       leaves and small blue flowers.
    {Wild cumin} (Bot.), an annual umbelliferous plant
       ({Lag[oe]cia cuminoides}) native in the countries about
       the Mediterranean.
    {Wild drake} (Zo["o]l.) the mallard.
    {Wild elder} (Bot.), an American plant ({Aralia hispida}) of
       the Ginseng family.
    {Wild fowl} (Zo["o]l.) any wild bird, especially any of those
       considered as game birds.
    {Wild goose} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
       undomesticated geese, especially the Canada goose ({Branta
       Canadensis}), the European bean goose, and the graylag.
       See {Graylag}, and {Bean goose}, under {Bean}.
    {Wild goose chase}, the pursuit of something unattainable, or
       of something as unlikely to be caught as the wild goose.
    {Wild honey}, honey made by wild bees, and deposited in
       trees, rocks, the like.
    {Wild hyacinth}. (Bot.) See {Hyacinth}, 1
       (b) .
    {Wild Irishman} (Bot.), a thorny bush ({Discaria Toumatou})
       of the Buckthorn family, found in New Zealand, where the
       natives use the spines in tattooing.
    {Wild land}.
       (a) Land not cultivated, or in a state that renders it
           unfit for cultivation.
       (b) Land which is not settled and cultivated.
    {Wild licorice}. (Bot.) See under {Licorice}.
    {Wild mammee} (Bot.), the oblong, yellowish, acid fruit of a
       tropical American tree ({Rheedia lateriflora}); -- so
       called in the West Indies.
    {Wild marjoram} (Bot.), a labiate plant ({Origanum vulgare})
       much like the sweet marjoram, but less aromatic.
    {Wild oat}. (Bot.)
       (a) A tall, oatlike kind of soft grass ({Arrhenatherum
       (b) See {Wild oats}, under {Oat}.
    {Wild pieplant} (Bot.), a species of dock ({Rumex
       hymenosepalus}) found from Texas to California. Its acid,
       juicy stems are used as a substitute for the garden
    {Wild pigeon}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The rock dove.
       (b) The passenger pigeon.
    {Wild pink} (Bot.), an American plant ({Silene
       Pennsylvanica}) with pale, pinkish flowers; a kind of
    {Wild plantain} (Bot.), an arborescent endogenous herb
       ({Heliconia Bihai}), much resembling the banana. Its
       leaves and leaf sheaths are much used in the West Indies
       as coverings for packages of merchandise.
    {Wild plum}. (Bot.)
       (a) Any kind of plum growing without cultivation.
       (b) The South African prune. See under {Prune}.
    {Wild rice}. (Bot.) See {Indian rice}, under {Rice}.
    {Wild rosemary} (Bot.), the evergreen shrub {Andromeda
       polifolia}. See {Marsh rosemary}, under {Rosemary}.
    {Wild sage}. (Bot.) See {Sagebrush}.
    {Wild sarsaparilla} (Bot.), a species of ginseng ({Aralia
       nudicaulis}) bearing a single long-stalked leaf.
    {Wild sensitive plant} (Bot.), either one of two annual
       leguminous herbs ({Cassia Cham[ae]crista}, and {C.
       nictitans}), in both of which the leaflets close quickly
       when the plant is disturbed.
    {Wild service}.(Bot.) See {Sorb}.
    {Wild Spaniard} (Bot.), any one of several umbelliferous
       plants of the genus {Aciphylla}, natives of New Zealand.
       The leaves bear numerous bayonetlike spines, and the
       plants form an impenetrable thicket.
    {Wild turkey}. (Zo["o]l.) See 2d {Turkey}.
  2. \Wild\, n.
    An uninhabited and uncultivated tract or region; a forest or
    desert; a wilderness; a waste; as, the wilds of America; the
    wilds of Africa.
          then Libya first, of all her moisture drained, Became a
          barren waste, a wild of sand.            --Addison.
  3. \Wild\, adv.
    Wildly; as, to talk wild. --Shak.