Definition of "wild" [wild]

  • Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed: wild geese; edible wild plants. (adjective)
  • Not inhabited or farmed: remote, wild country. (adjective)
  • Uncivilized or barbarous; savage. (adjective)
  • Lacking supervision or restraint: wild children living in the street. (adjective)
  • Disorderly; unruly: a wild scene in the school cafeteria. (adjective)
  • (of animals) living independently of man; not domesticated or tame (adjective)

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  • (of plants) growing in a natural state; not cultivated (adjective)
  • Uninhabited or uncultivated; desolate (adjective)
  • Living in a savage or uncivilized way (adjective)
  • Lacking restraint (adjective)
  • Of great violence or intensity (adjective)
  • Disorderly or chaotic (adjective)
  • Dishevelled; untidy (adjective)
  • In a state of extreme emotional intensity (adjective)
  • Reckless (adjective)
  • Not calculated; random (adjective)
  • Unconventional; fantastic; crazy (adjective)
  • Intensely enthusiastic or excited (adjective)
  • (of a card, such as a joker or deuce in some games) able to be given any value the holder pleases (adjective)
  • In a wild manner (adverb)
  • A desolate, uncultivated, or uninhabited region (noun)

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Use "wild" in a sentence
  • "The African species exists only in a wild state; and it would appear that individuals of this kind have been measured having the dimensions of the largest of the _wild_ Asiatic elephants."
  • "This animal (whose name is sometimes written "huanaca," though the pronunciation is the same with "guanaco" or "guanaca") is larger than the llama, and for a long time was considered merely as the wild llama, or the llama _run wild_, in which you will perceive an essential distinction."
  • "For all that, it was a wild boar, or rather a boar _ran wild_."