Is the correct phrase "wild-eyed" or "wide-eyed"?

Or are they both correct but with different meanings?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    wide-eyed

    adjective

    1 having one’s eyes wide open in amazement. 2 inexperienced; innocent.

    http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/wideeyed?view...

    1. with eyes wide open: with eyes that are wide open, e.g. in amazement or fear

    2. easily fooled: lacking experience, wisdom, or common sense and therefore easily fooled by other people

    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/...

    wild-eyed

    1. with eyes wide with emotion: with eyes that are wide and glaring because of fear, anger, or a psychological disorder

    2. extreme: marked by or advocating ideas that are so extreme and far-fetched as to be completely impracticable

    http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/...

    adjective: appearing extremely agitated

    Example: "Crowded the wild-eyed animals into a truck"

    adjective: not sensible about practical matters; unrealistic

    Example: "A wild-eyed dream of a world state"

    http://www.rhymezone.com/r/rhyme.cgi?Word=wild-eye...

  • 1 decade ago

    I think that they are both correct.

    I would describe "wild-eyed" as someone who is acting in a non normal manner, or for lack of a better word "crazy". "He was wild-eyed over the break up of his marriage.

    I would describe "wide-eyed" as someone who is learning something new, or seeing something in a new or different perspective. "He was wide-eyed when he learned that his child was going to be a male.

    I think that "wild-eyed" has a negative connotation as "wide-eyed" has a positive connotation.

  • 1 decade ago

    Never heard "wild-eyed" but have definitely heard "wide-eyed" before.

  • 1 decade ago

    I've seen them both. I took "wild-eyed" as crazed, angry or, insane. "Wide-eyed" was always just a moment of awe, kinda like a deer in the headlights. Help?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Jumpin' Jehosephat! "Wide-eyed" means simple, trusting, innocent. "Wild-eyed" means freaking out or pie-in-the-sky. Both are in the dictionaries; they aren't coinages up for grabs.

  • 1 decade ago

    I'd say wide eyed.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'd say wide eyed.

  • 1 decade ago

    I do not know about "wild-eyed".

    "wide-eye" means you are shocked or surprised.

  • leeks
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Wild Eyed Meaning

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