What is the meaning of wild?


  • A wild primitive state untouched by civilization.
    • usage: "he lived in the wild"; "they collected mushrooms in the wild"
  • A wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition.
    • usage: "it was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers"


  • Marked by extreme lack of restraint or control.
    • usage: "wild talk"; "wild parties"
  • In a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated.
    • usage: "wild geese"; "edible wild plants"
  • In a state of extreme emotion.
    • usage: "wild with anger"; "wild with grief"
  • Deviating widely from an intended course.
    • usage: "a wild bullet"; "he threw a wild pitch"
  • Of colors or sounds. ( intensely vivid or loud)
    • usage: "a violent clash of colors"; "her dress was a violent red"; "a violent noise"; "wild colors"; "wild shouts"
  • Without a basis in reason or fact.
    • usage: "baseless gossip"; "the allegations proved groundless"; "idle fears"; "unfounded suspicions"; "unwarranted jealousy"
  • Talking or behaving irrationally.
    • usage: "a raving lunatic"
  • Involving risk or danger.
    • usage: "skydiving is a hazardous sport"; "extremely risky going out in the tide and fog"; "a wild financial scheme"
  • Fanciful and unrealistic; foolish.
    • usage: "a fantastic idea of his own importance"
  • Located in a dismal or remote area; desolate.
    • usage: "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places"
  • Intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with.
    • usage: "crazy about cars and racing"; "he is potty about her"
  • Without civilizing influences.
    • usage: "barbarian invaders"; "barbaric practices"; "a savage people"; "fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient-Margaret Meade; "wild tribes"
  • Of the elements. ( as if showing violent anger)
    • usage: "angry clouds on the horizon"; "furious winds"; "the raging sea"


  • In an uncontrolled and rampant manner.
    • usage: "weeds grew rampantly around here"
  • In a wild or undomesticated manner.
    • usage: "growing wild"; "roaming wild"
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APAWordNet. (2010). wild. Retrieved August 20, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/wild/definitions/1188310
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "wild" http://smartdefine.org/wild/definitions/1188310 (accessed August 20, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, wild, Smart Define, viewed 20 August, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/wild/definitions/1188310>.
MLAWordNet. "wild" 23 October 2010. Web. 20 August 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/wild/definitions/1188310>
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