One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The activity by a gang of youths of going on a protracted and violent rampage in a public place, attacking people at random.
uproar, rampage, furore, tumult, commotion, upheaval, disturbance, street fight, melee, row, scuffle, fracas, fray, affray, brawl, free-for-allView synonyms
- ‘Prison put a halt to his wilding and misadventures in the game, but thuglife still manifested itself, seeping out of him when he plays ball.’
- ‘Meanwhile, wilding white youths combed the area terrorizing any black people they encountered with racial slurs and threats.’
1980s: from the adjective wild + -ing.
A wild plant, especially an apple tree descended from cultivated varieties, or its fruit.
- ‘The souped-up wildlings set 50 percent more seeds than the regular wild ones did.’
- ‘All of these, the wildlings and selected forms alike, take up little space, look delightful when interplanted with small spring bulbs, and provide enormous interest at a time when any colour is to be cherished.’
- ‘However, interest in how cultivated plants consort with wildlings had started long before genetic engineering was even a glimmer in a test tube.’
Early 16th century: from the adjective wild + -ing.
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