Synonyms of 'wild'
1 untamedDictionary, fierce, savageThe organization is calling for a total ban on the trade of wild animals.
acting like wild, untamed animals
the teeth of some fierce animal
a strange and savage animal encountered at the zoo
By its nature a lion is ferocious.
The car plunged like an unbroken horse.
the feral scowl of the young street mugger
warrigal (Australian, literary)
2 uncultivatedDictionary, natural, nativeThe lane was lined with wild flowers.
3 desolateDictionary, empty, desertone of the few wild areas remaining in the South East
a desolate, godforsaken place
The room was bare and empty.
the desert wastes of Mexico
a deserted town
dark, lonely streets
an uninhabited island in the North Pacific
I don't want to stay in this God-forsaken country.
4 stormyDictionary, violent, roughThe recent wild weather has caused millions of pounds' worth of damage.
the long stormy winter of 1942
That night a violent storm arose and wrecked most of the ships.
The ships collided in rough seas.
A furious gunbattle ensued.
A gale was blowing and the sea was choppy.
the couple's tempestuous relationship
a cool, blustery day
5 excitedDictionary, mad (informal), crazy (informal)The children were wild with excitement.
He was so excited he could hardly speak.
the mad old lady down the street
He's crazy about football.
He looked at the crowd of eager faces around him.
Either he's joking or else he's nuts.
The band drew a huge and enthusiastic crowd.
Malcolm looked at her as if she were a raving lunatic.
A bird had been locked in and was now quite frantic.
It either sends you daft or kills you.
the frenzied activity of the general election
I slapped her because she became hysterical.
an avid collector of art
potty (British, informal)
I had an old aunt once who went completely potty.
He was delirious with joy.
The city was agog with rumours last night.
6 uncontrolledDictionary, violent, roughWhen drunk, he became wild and violent.
His uncontrolled behaviour disturbed the whole class.
a noisy group of drunken students
six turbulent years of rows and reconciliations
It's not good enough just to blame the unruly children.
He has complained about rowdy neighbours.
a boisterous but good-natured crowd
They said there could never be an excuse for lawless behaviour.
a tale of lust and unbridled passion
a riotous mob of hooligans
The signs are that indulged children tend to become unmanageable.
a noisy and undisciplined group of students
He had spent several uproarious evenings at the Embassy Club.
7 madDictionary, furious, fumingWhen I told him what I had done, he was wild.
I'm pretty mad about it, I can tell you.
He is furious at the way his wife has been treated.
He was still fuming over the remark.
He realized how infuriated this would make me.
She was incensed at his lack of compassion.
The enraged crowd stoned the car, then set it on fire.
He was so irate he almost threw me out of the place.
I am absolutely livid about it.
in a rage
on the warpath (informal)
hot under the collar (informal)
Some of them were getting very hot under the collar about tax issues.
He was beside himself with anxiety.
tooshie (Australian, slang)
off the air (Australian, slang)
8 outrageousDictionary, fantastic, foolishI was just a kid and full of wild ideas.
Charges for long-distance telephone calls are absolutely outrageous.
It would be foolish to raise hopes unnecessarily.
Don't do anything rash until the feelings subside.
He was extravagant in his admiration of Lillie.
He is charged with causing death by reckless driving.
The whole idea was preposterous.
Man is a giddy creature.
They flitted from one madcap scheme to another.
He had to be restrained from foolhardy action.
She was a frivolous fool, vain and flighty.
He made some ill-considered remarks about the cost.
an imprudent investment he made many years ago
9 dishevelledDictionary, disordered, untidyThey were alarmed by his wild hair and staring eyes.
She arrived looking flushed and dishevelled.
a disordered heap of mossy branches
a thin man with untidy hair
an unkempt old man
a woman with tousled hair, faded jeans and a baggy jacket
The yard held a few straggly bushes.
daggy (Australian, New Zealand, informal)
He turned up wearing a daggy tracksuit.
10 passionateDictionary, mad (informal), ardentShe's just wild about him.
11 uncivilizedDictionary, fierce, savagethe wild tribes which still roam the northern plains with their horse herds
non-Western countries which did not wish to appear backward or uncivilized
This was a savage attack on a defenceless young girl.
studies of primitive societies
a rude barbarian
Fighting has been ferocious.
a prehistoric and barbaric world
He thought the poetry of Whitman barbarous.
Copyright © 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
If you are agog, you are excited about something, and eager to know more about it.
The city was agog with rumours last night.
an ardent lover
Video: pronunciation of 'wild'
Thesaurus for wild from the Collins English Thesaurus
Wild animals or plants live or grow in natural surroundings and are not looked after by people.