Adjective "Wild" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/wʌɪld/

Definitions and examples

adjective

(of an animal or plant) living or growing in the natural environment; not domesticated or cultivated.
  1. 'wild strawberries'
  2. 'Dragons eat any animals they can catch, up to the size of wild pigs, goats, deer, and water buffaloes and occasionally including human beings.'
  3. 'All around us the wild grasses are growing, heavy with seeds not yet ripened.'
  4. 'A true hunter is concerned with propagating natural, wild species while harvesting a few for the table.'
  5. 'The red-brick mansion looks shabby with parts of it damaged and wild bushes growing around it.'
  6. 'Another of the joys of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are the wild orchids that grow, although now in decreasing numbers as tourists pick them.'
  7. 'The only noise that came to me was from the soles of my boots brushing against the wild grass growing on the weathered road.'
  8. 'Avian flu is naturally present in wild birds and can easily spread to poultry.'
  9. 'Like its cultivated successors, the wild vine is a climbing plant which needs to grow up some support.'
  10. 'But it was not too hard to do this at this time of year when wild grass grew abundantly in the fields.'
  11. 'They also enjoyed the tales given by Michael on the history and folklore of the area and learned a great deal about the wild herbs and flowers growing there.'
  12. 'The smell is of locusts and wild honey, like John the Baptist's menu.'
  13. 'Insects or their by-products such as honey are another form of wild food.'
  14. 'As far as the commercial growers were concerned the man used strains which were almost wild.'
(of a place or region) uninhabited, uncultivated, or inhospitable.
  1. 'the wild coastline of Cape Wrath'
  2. 'People can move to new places and be happy again but wild habitats and heritage site cannot be moved and once destroyed cannot be restored.'
  3. 'But he wrote about a kind of decaying Britain; about towns and suburbs and rolling countryside more often than wild places.'
  4. 'Clearly his is a cack-handed attempt to cash in on the growing public desire to take wild places into the ownership and control of the communities that live around them.'
  5. 'When I was fortunate enough to find a good job in Perth in 1975 I was eager to return and revisit those beautiful, wild places I had known as a child.'
  6. 'And population pressures are causing heavy damage to the world's remaining wild places.'
  7. 'I reckon my love of nature and of wild places started out with Romany.'
  8. 'Like most mountaineers, he felt alive in high, wild places.'
  9. 'Families, organisations and schools are being urged to take part in a new award for Cumbria which aims to encourage people of all ages to discover and conserve wild places.'
  10. 'But underneath the glossy picture postcard image is a harsh, rugged, wild landscape that is my main source of inspiration.'
  11. 'Fred had a warm and generous nature, coloured by a certain eccentricity, and he loved the wild places of the world.'
  12. 'Overhead a rogue seagull stands on the wind, silent, but a sign there's wild weather on the way.'
  13. 'For me the wild seas and the cold were really tough.'
  14. 'The titles were decimated due to the wild weather conditions with many events cancelled.'
  15. 'A few days back I thrilled to a display of wild weather, noting a ‘water spout’ descending from the clouds over Boston during a rain storm.'
  16. 'But green-fingered Mrs Ashworth says she has hit upon an idea to outsmart any more wild weather heading her way.'
  17. 'In the event, only one cup game and four in lower divisions survived the wild weather.'
  18. 'It is a shrub, rather than a tree, and its size will be limited on the crags because of the wild weather conditions it has to endure.'
  19. 'There's something primal and deeply satisfying about sitting indoors, all warm and snug and listening to wild weather beating at the eaves.'
  20. 'Presumably the fact that Scots are accustomed to wild weather helps.'
  21. 'And therefore, Brisbane's wild weather and storms will not last for another six weeks!'
  22. 'the wild tribes from the north'
  23. 'However, among the once wild head-hunting tribes of northeastern India cattle are raised for food.'
  24. 'For Derricke's final image is actually an idea, his dream of the successful civilization of the wild Irish.'
  25. 'The Wall was built by the Romans to keep out the wild Caledonian tribes from the North.'
  26. 'Egypt, Donnelly wrote, was their colony, where they tried to civilize wild tribes.'
  27. 'To think how Man developed from the wild tribes 7000 years ago to this level today.'
  28. 'her wild eyes were darting back and forth'
  29. 'Mr. Asa's face was ruddy, his veined cheeks shiny with more than sweat, and he had a wild look to his eyes, like Pop did the time a rattler sunk fangs into his best hound.'
  30. 'There was always a wild look lurking in Balder's eyes.'
  31. 'Having been alone in a room for the better part of a year, I emerged into the world of festivals and bookshops with a wild look in my eyes.'
  32. 'There was a pleading in her voice, a wild look of hope in her eyes.'
  33. 'You could see the home fans get a wild look in their eye as naked drummers ran up and down the sidelines riding stick-horses and chanting in the rain.'
  34. 'When he turned to look up at her, it was with a wild look, a hope so anxious it almost hurt her to see it.'
  35. 'A wild look of joy gradually spread across her face.'
  36. 'Lord Burtoll had never seen the wild looks on the other girl's faces; he didn't know how popular such tales and antics had made Madia.'
  37. 'She was a mess though - smudged and bruised, blue with cold, and with a wild look in her eye.'
  38. 'History records that Paganini stunned audiences with his playing and wild looks, further reinforcing the myth that he had made a pact with the Devil in return for such talent.'
Lacking discipline or restraint.
  1. 'Sure, they enhanced his ‘cool,’ but you had to wonder if they were hiding some telltale sign of age or too many wild parties.'
  2. '‘They have a wild party but something goes wrong,’ says Welsh, refusing to divulge the secret at the heart of the plot.'
  3. 'Upon moving in, the duchess became famous for her wild parties.'
  4. 'Henry wants me to try this Vietnamese place he's wild about. Want to come?'
  5. 'Liz, on the other hand, has strong cultural and familial restrictions on staring, and tends to look very mildly upon people, when she looks at all, even when she's standing in front of a man she's wild about.'
Not based on sound reasoning or probability.
  1. 'wild rumours were circulating'
  2. 'who, even in their wildest dreams, could have anticipated such a victory?'
  3. 'Still, ‘real reporters’ have dissed him for reporting wild rumours and trafficking in gossip.'
  4. 'I'll make a wild guess that around 99% of boys my age play computer games.'
  5. 'These are the latest of wild rumours about the band leader who died when his plane crashed into the English Channel on the way to Paris in December 1944.'
  6. 'As long as I'm toasting Keller based on wild speculation, let me tip my glass to Risen.'
  7. 'The element of luck was also at play with one of the quarter finalists making a wild guess on the number of flowers that goes on to make a kilogram of Saffron.'
  8. 'If this sounds like wild speculation, recall that it has in fact been standard political practice since the time of Machiavelli.'
  9. 'Also contributing to the entertainment quota during the show were the quiz-master's rejoinders to the wild guesses that almost every team was indulging in.'
  10. 'Although there are millions of pages of material on the web, it's an uncharted frontier of rumour, speculation, wild theories and baseless postulation.'
  11. 'To quash rumours and wild speculation on the internet, he declared his bisexuality in US magazine Out, appearing naked on the cover just to make sure the whole world noticed.'
  12. 'After all, if speculation is based on concrete facts and is not just a wild guess, it's part of science.'
(of a playing card) deemed to have any value, suit, colour, or other property in a game at the discretion of the player holding it.
  1. 'In this case each hand the wild tiles move around the board from player to player so each player gets 2 wild tiles every 3rd hand.'
  2. 'A player uses the wild double in his turn to end the gameround.'

noun

A natural state or uncultivated or uninhabited region.
  1. 'Zoos often keep their animals in cramped, often barren conditions: a far cry from the animal's natural habitat in the wild.'
  2. 'Breeding pandas is a tricky business, even in the wild.'
  3. 'And it loses - it's like the condors that they release in the wild.'
  4. 'They are attempting to track it across Sheffield and are calling on gardeners and countryside enthusiasts to report if they have it in their garden or have seen it recently in the wild.'
  5. 'I can understand people's concerns about animals such as wolves, but as anyone who has worked with them in the wild will tell you, they don't represent a threat to humans.'
  6. 'By the way, the chinchilla is almost extinct in the wild.'
  7. 'However, the ideal places for establishing bee colonies were locations where the farm pesticide use was low, and where there were several beehives in the wild.'
  8. 'Our data suggest that the performance paradigm can be expanded to reveal more of the physiological underpinning of natural selection in the wild.'
  9. 'They say it is too expensive and say protecting southwest China's mountain forests is a better way to save the 1,000 pandas left in the wild.'
  10. 'In the South, numbers have increased in the wild.'
  11. 'he spent a year in the wilds of Canada'
  12. 'It is located far from Oxbridge, amidst James's own native grounds: the wilds of the bleak East Anglian seacoast.'
  13. 'No Charlton game today, so I'm heading off to the wilds of Surrey for a change of scene.'
  14. 'It's well written with lots of excellent photographs and is packed full of knowledge gained from her many years working as a trout-fishing guide in the wilds of the Caithness area of Scotland.'
  15. 'Yet rhodos have grown in the wilds of the world for thousands of years without chemical fertilizer, bloom booster, weevil killer, soil acidifier or any other manner of nasty toxin.'
  16. 'I'm escaping to the wilds of the Peak District tomorrow for a couple of days.'
  17. 'After successfully moving our business to the wilds of the Oregon outback I've had a chance to use some new equipment and thought I'd share what I learned.'
  18. 'Indulge your weakness for romantic clichés by taking your significant other for a canoe ride on the Glenmore Reservoir or into the wilds of the adjacent Weaselhead area.'
  19. 'Follow our writers to the most remote hideaways on earth, from the Sahara to the wilds of Scotland'
  20. 'Some of Kenya's bush homes also offer camel safaris up into the wilds of the far north.'
  21. 'And third is the physical journey Sun makes, tracing the footsteps of Xuanzang, through the wilds of Central Asia and the sacred places of Buddhism.'

verb

Treat (a person or animal) harshly, so that they become untrusting or nervous.

    Definitions

    1. living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated: a wild animal; wild geese.

    2. growing or produced without cultivation or the care of humans, as plants, flowers, fruit, or honey: wild cherries.

    3. uncultivated, uninhabited, or waste: wild country.

    4. uncivilized or barbarous: wild tribes.

    5. of unrestrained violence, fury, intensity, etc.; violent; furious: wild strife; wild storms.

    6. characterized by or indicating violent feelings or e

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be wild in days."

    "tomasinianuses can be wild in places."

    "rates can be wild in markets."

    "people can be wild with jealousies."

    "people can be wild by things."

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    Origin

    Old English wilde, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German wild.

    Phrase

    run wild
    wild horses wouldn't ——
    wild and woolly