Definition of wildly in English:



  • 1In a way that lacks discipline or restraint.

    ‘toddlers run wildly in circles’
    ‘the audience cheered wildly’
    as submodifier ‘she was wildly enthusiastic about the food’
    • ‘Schumacher had powered into a lead of over four seconds after careering wildly across Hakkinen at the start to maintain the advantage of pole.’
    • ‘Roaring in pain, his body jerked and bucked wildly.’
    • ‘The entire preview audience applauded wildly.’
    • ‘He swung wildly, giving the other man enough time to duck.’
    • ‘The resulting ballet, Billboards, set to music by the rock star Prince, earned the company millions but the sight of its dancers gyrating wildly in bikinis generated much damaging criticism.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that indicates distraction or strong emotion.
      ‘he ran to us, staring wildly’
      ‘his face is red, his arms gesticulating wildly’
      • ‘He is smiling wildly.’
      • ‘She laughs wildly and climbs up the staircase, daring him to go.’
      • ‘He gave in to her great magnetism and fell wildly in love.’
      • ‘She throws herself on the floor, sobbing wildly that she wishes she was dead, now that the only person who ever loved her is gone.’
      • ‘He hears her open the door, and he hears her screaming wildly.’
  • 2To a ridiculous or extreme degree.

    ‘he has a tendency to exaggerate wildly’
    ‘oil prices have fluctuated wildly since May’
    as submodifier ‘a wildly impractical scheme’
    • ‘Five wildly different architectural signatures - Foster, Maki, Calatrava, Nouvel, Childs - do not add up to a coherent vision.’
    • ‘Before them spring lithe green almonds; behind them arms of hot pink blossoms reach wildly toward the sky.’
    • ‘Two of the new sculptures (all works 2004) feature big plywood or Sheetrock screens behind which lurk some wildly incongruous commercial objects.’
    • ‘Perhaps not surprisingly, their responses were wildly complimentary.’
    • ‘Their roofs would make them wildly out of scale.’