Definition of wilder in English:


transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1 archaic Cause to lose one's way; lead or drive astray.

    • ‘unknowne Lands, where we have wildered ourselves’
    1. 1.1Perplex; bewilder.
      ‘the sad Queen, wildered of thought’
      • ‘April Fool's Day left the Diary more than usually a) confused, and b) wildered.’
      • ‘This ‘wildered’ reading-effect, however, is one of the book's unhappier accidents since it suggests that Schad's enthusiasm for topsy-turvy meanings can prove dangerously infectious.’
      bewildered, bemused, puzzled, perplexed, baffled, stumped, mystified, stupefied, nonplussed, muddled, befuddled, fuddled, dumbfounded, at sea, at a loss, at sixes and sevens, thrown, thrown off balance, taken aback, disoriented, disconcerted, discomposed, troubled, discomfited, unnerved, shaken, shaken up, dazed, stunned, astonished, astounded



/ˈwildər/ /ˈwɪldər/


Early 17th century origin uncertain; perhaps based on wilderness.