Main definitions of wilding in English

: wilding1wilding2

wilding1

noun

US
informal
  • [mass noun] The activity by a gang of youths of going on a protracted and violent rampage in a public place, attacking or mugging people at random.

    ‘prison put halt to his wilding’
    • ‘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.’
    uproar, rampage, furore, tumult, commotion, upheaval, disturbance, street fight, melee, row, scuffle, fracas, fray, affray, brawl, free-for-all
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Origin

1980s: from the adjective wild + -ing.

Pronunciation:

wilding

/ˈwʌɪldɪŋ/

Main definitions of wilding in English

: wilding1wilding2

wilding2

(also wildling)

noun

  • A wild plant, especially an apple tree descended from cultivated varieties, or its fruit.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The souped-up wildlings set 50 percent more seeds than the regular wild ones did.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from the adjective wild + -ing.

Pronunciation:

wilding

/ˈwʌɪldɪŋ/