- wildcat [wīld′kat΄]n.pl. wildcats or wildcat1.a) any of a large group of fierce, medium-sized, undomesticated cats, including the bobcat, Canada lynx, ocelot, serval, and caracalb) a house cat that has escaped from domestication: in this sense, usually written wild cat2. any person regarded as like a wildcat in fierceness, aggressiveness, etc.☆ 3. an unsound or risky business scheme☆ 4. an oil well drilled in an area not previously known to have oil5. Naut. a drum on a windlass, constructed to engage the links of a chain cableadj.☆ 1. unsound or financially risky [a wildcat venture ]☆ 2. designating or of an enterprise or undertaking that is illegal, unethical, irregular, unauthorized, etc.; specif., designating a labor strike not officially authorized by the union representing the strikers and in violation of a contractvi.wildcatted, wildcatting☆ 1. to drill for oil in an area previously considered unproductive2. to engage in wildcat enterprises, etc.☆ wildcattern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.
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