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Topic: NATURE

Language: Old English
Origin: wilde

wild

1 adjective
     
wild
wild1 S3 W2
1

plants/animals

[usually before noun]HB living in a natural state, not changed or controlled by people [≠ tame]:
a field full of wild flowers
animals both wild and domesticated
2

land

not used by people for farming, building etc:
Nepal is stunning, with its wild, untamed landscape.
the wild and lonely Scottish hills
3

emotions

feeling or expressing strong uncontrolled emotions, especially anger, happiness, or excitement:
wild laughter
wild with
He was wild with rage.
4

behaviour

behaving in an uncontrolled, sometimes violent way:
She was completely wild in high school.
Donny could be wild and crazy.
There was a wild look about her (=she seemed a little crazy).
5

go wild

a) to behave in a very excited uncontrolled way:
The crowd went wild as soon as the singer stepped onto the stage.
b) to get very angry:
When Tony heard how much it was going to cost, he just went wild.
6

enjoyable

informal very enjoyable and exciting:
'How was the party?' 'It was wild!'
7

be wild about something/somebody

informal to like something or someone very much:
My son's wild about football.
I'm not that wild about rap music, to be honest.
8

without careful thought

done or said without much thought or care, or without knowing all the facts:
wild accusations
I'm just making a wild guess here, so correct me if I'm wrong.
9

beyond somebody's wildest dreams

beyond anything that someone imagined or hoped for:
an invention that was to change our lives beyond our wildest dreams
10

not/never in your wildest dreams

used to say that you did not expect or imagine that something would happen, especially after it has happened:
Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to win first place.
11

weather/sea

DN violent and strong:
a wild and angry sea
12

card games

DGC a card that is wild can be used to represent any other card in a game
wildness noun [uncountable]
wild card

; ➔ sow your wild oats

at sow1 (3)
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