1(of an animal or plant) living or growing in the natural environment; not domesticated or cultivated.‘a herd of wild goats’
untamed, undomesticated, feraluncultivated, naturalView synonyms
- ‘wild strawberries’
- 1.1Produced from wild animals or plants without cultivation.
- ‘wild honey’
2(of a place or region) uninhabited, uncultivated, or inhospitable.‘an expanse of wild moorland’
uninhabited, unpopulated, uncultivated, unfarmed, unmanaged, virginView synonyms
- ‘the wild coastline of Cape Wrath’
- 2.1(of sea or the weather) rough and stormy.
stormy, squally, tempestuous, turbulent, blustery, windy, howling, raging, roaring, furious, violentView synonyms
- ‘a wild, bitterly cold night’
- 2.2(of people) not civilized; primitive.
primitive, uncivilized, uncultured, uncultivated, uneducated, ignorantView synonyms
- ‘the wild tribes from the north’
- 2.3(of a look, appearance, etc.) indicating distraction or strong emotion.
- ‘her wild eyes were darting back and forth’
3Lacking discipline or restraint.
uncontrolled, unrestrained, out of control, undisciplined, unconstrained, uncurbed, unbridled, unchecked, chaoticView synonyms
- ‘wild parties were never her scene’
- 3.1informal Very enthusiastic or excited.
very excited, jumping up and down, on fire, delirious, in a frenzy, franticvery keen on, very enthusiastic about, passionate about, enamoured of, infatuated with, smitten withView synonyms
- ‘I'm not wild about the music’
- 3.2informal Very angry.furious, very angry, infuriated, incensed, enraged, beside oneself, irate, fuming, in a rage, raging, seething, maddened, exasperatedView synonyms
4Not based on sound reasoning or probability.‘a wild guess’
madcap, ridiculous, ludicrous, foolish, stupid, lunatic, foolhardy, idiotic, absurd, silly, asinine, unwise, ill-advised, ill-considered, ill-conceived, illogical, senseless, nonsensicalrandom, arbitrary, hit-or-miss, haphazard, uninformedView synonyms
- ‘wild rumors were circulating’
- ‘performing in Hollywood was beyond my wildest dreams’
- ‘who, even in their wildest dreams, could have anticipated such a victory?’
5(of a playing card) deemed to have any value, suit, color, or other property in a game at the discretion of the player holding it.See also wild card
1A natural state or uncultivated or uninhabited region.
- ‘kiwis are virtually extinct in the wild’
- 1.1the wildsA remote uninhabited or sparsely inhabited area.
remote areas, wildernessView synonyms
- ‘he spent a year in the wilds of Canada’
transitive verb[with object]West Indian
Treat (a person or animal) harshly, so that they become untrusting or nervous.
- ‘let your pigeon fly for a while: we don't want to wild him’
- wild horses wouldn't ——
Used to convey that nothing could persuade or force one to do something.
- ‘wild horses wouldn't have kept me away’
Uncouth in appearance or behavior.‘the Australian outlaw's wild and woolly look’
- ‘he might have been a gunman in his wild and woolly youth’
Grow or develop without restraint or discipline.‘these horses have been running wild since they were born’
- ‘her imagination had run wild’
Old English wilde, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German wild.