I. adjective Etymology: Middle English wilde, from Old English; akin to Old High German wildi wild, Welsh gwyllt Date: before 12th century 1. a. living in a state of nature and not ordinarily tame or domesticated <
wild ducks
b. (1) growing or produced without human aid or care <
wild honey
(2) related to or resembling a corresponding cultivated or domesticated organism c. of or relating to wild organisms <
the wild state
2. a. not inhabited or cultivated <
wild land
b. not amenable to human habitation or cultivation; also desolate 3. a. (1) not subject to restraint or regulation ; uncontrolled; also unruly (2) emotionally overcome <
wild with grief
; also passionately eager or enthusiastic <
was wild to own a toy train — J. C. Furnas
b. marked by turbulent agitation ; stormy <
a wild night
c. going beyond normal or conventional bounds ; fantastic <
wild ideas
; also sensational d. indicative of strong passion, desire, or emotion <
a wild gleam of delight in his eyes — Irish Digest
4. uncivilized, barbaric 5. characteristic of, appropriate to, or expressive of wilderness, wildlife, or a simple or uncivilized society 6. a. deviating from the intended or expected course <
wild spelling — C. W. Cunnington
the throw was wild
; also tending to throw inaccurately <
a wild pitcher
b. having no basis in known or surmised fact <
a wild guess
7. of a playing card able to represent any card designated by the holder • wildish adjectivewildness noun II. noun Date: 13th century 1. a sparsely inhabited or uncultivated region or tract ; wilderness 2. a wild, free, or natural state or existence III. adverb Date: circa 1562 in a wild manner: as a. without regulation or control <
plants that grow wild
b. off an intended or expected course

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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