Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “spread like wildfire”

spread like wildfire

If disease or news spreads like wildfire, it quickly affects or becomes known by more and more people: Once one child in the school has the infection, it spreads like wildfire.UncontrolledFast and rapidShort in time
(Definition of spread like wildfire from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Fast and rapid, but you might be interested in these topics from the Moving quickly and slowly topic area:

Translations of “spread like wildfire”

Word of the Day

touch

an ability to do things in the stated, especially positive, way

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More