Definition of feral in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfɛr(ə)l
, ˈfɪə-/


1(Especially of an animal) in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication: a feral cat
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  • The electricians will have to watch out for snakes in the water, wild animals and feral dogs.
  • The impact of both domestic and feral cats on small native animal wildlife and birds is a controversial issue in Australia.
  • If, however, the cat and kitten are feral, you might consider keeping the kitten.
wild, untamed, undomesticated, untrained, unused to humans;
unbroken, not broken in;
British not house-trained;
North American not housebroken
1.1Resembling or characteristic of a wild animal: his teeth were bared in a feral snarl
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  • Max, with his feral sensitivity, was the first to hear someone approaching from the street.
  • Sturges was also quick to spot the feral intensity of Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine's brutal boorishness, using them to give Bad Day At Black Rock its seething core of twisted hatred.
  • He struck a match and the stranger came closer for a moment, bringing with him a feral smell.
fierce, ferocious, vicious, savage, aggressive, tigerish, wolfish, predatory, menacing, threatening, bloodthirsty
1.2(Of a young person) behaving in a wildly undisciplined and antisocial way: gangs of feral youths
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  • Aren't the feral, criminal children likely to find themselves expelled or excluded shortly after getting back into school?
  • Feral children roaming neighbourhoods do cause great distress.
  • Anti-social behaviour, feral youth and weakening of communities form a triad of concerns that cuts across politics.


early 17th century: from Latin fera 'wild animal' (from ferus 'wild') + -al.

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