‘bewildering, leading one astray’ (Modern English wilsome)
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
villr ‘wild; bewildered, erring, astray’
(ONP villusamr (adj.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far villur, Icel villur, Norw vill, ODan willær, wild(ær), Dan vild, OSw vildær, Sw vill, vild
wilde 'wild, untamed, uncontrolled'
Phonological and morphological markers
ON consonant cluster assimilation
Mainly N and E in ME, but also (a1387) Trev. Higd.(StJ-C H.1) 7.95; modern (obsol.) Sc.
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
OED (sense 1) glosses ‘Leading astray as through wild and desolate regions; hence, desert, lonely and wild; dreary’ (and see Wright 1935: 349-50 and further PSn).