1. very angry, and violent, exceedingly savage, ferocious ...1834 Amer. dial.
2. extremely hungry, ravenous ...Bk1905 Amer. dial.
3. completely insane ...1920s Aust. & NZ sl.
"...When I got there, the old lady appeared to be mighty wrathy;
and when I broached the subject,
she looked at me as savage as a meat axe."
From: A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett,
of the State of Tennessee.
Written by Himself, 1834