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wild

[ wahyld ]SEE DEFINITION OF wild
  • adj.untamed
  • adj.disorderly, rowdy
  • adj.intense, stormy

Synonyms for wild

  • barbarian
  • desert
  • free
  • lush
  • native
  • natural
  • overrun
  • primitive
  • savage
  • waste
  • agrarian
  • barbaric
  • barbarous
  • dense
  • deserted
  • desolate
  • escaped
  • feral
  • ferocious
  • fierce
  • indigenous
  • luxuriant
  • neglected
  • overgrown
  • rampant
  • rude
  • unbroken
  • uncivilized
  • uncultivated
  • undomesticated
  • uninhabited
  • untouched
  • vicious
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Antonyms for wild

  • civilized
  • cultured
  • kind
  • nice
  • refined
  • sophisticated
  • behaved
  • calm
  • controllable
  • controlled
  • delicate
  • gentle
  • manageable
  • mild
  • moderate
  • orderly
  • tame
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WILD

Wild, Quixotic notions of sacrifice flooded his mood of dejection.

The other idea was absurd—too wild for serious consideration.

And the wild ducklings are out on the pool, and the woods are full of song.

Twas a wild goose chase, and I wot not what moved me to run after it.

Therewith, spite of the wild dress, Dennet knew the eyes and the voice.

From far and wide, wild people flocked to the banks of the river.

Tried to get my gun on him, but he came up like a wild cat and went straight at me.

Was it found necessary to civilize a wild and extensive province?

Out there in the dark there is the wild tattoo of a thousand rifles; and hark!

There was no danger of discovery on his approach, for it was a wild night of wind and rain.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wilde "in the natural state, uncultivated, undomesticated," from Proto-Germanic *wilthijaz (cf. Old Saxon wildi, Old Norse villr, Old Frisian wilde, Dutch wild, Old High German wildi, German wild, Gothic wilþeis "wild," German Wild (n.) "game"), probably from PIE *ghwelt- (cf. Welsh gwyllt "untamed"), related to the base of Latin ferus (see fierce).

Meaning "sexually dissolute, loose" is attested from mid-13c. U.S. slang sense of "exciting, excellent" is recorded from 1955. The noun meaning "uncultivated or desolate region" is first attested 1590s in the wilds. Baseball wild pitch is recorded from 1867. Wildest dreams first attested 1961 (in Carson McCullers). Wild West first recorded 1849. Wild Turkey brand of whiskey (Austin Nichols Co.) in use from 1942.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR WILD

abandoned

adjectivefree from moral restraint; uninhibited

bleak

adjectivebarren
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