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werewolf

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noun were·wolf \ˈwir-ˌwu̇lf, ˈwer-, ˈwər-\

Simple Definition of werewolf

  • in stories : a person who sometimes changes into a wolf especially when the moon is full

Full Definition of werewolf

plural were·wolves play \-ˌwu̇lvz\

  1. :  a person transformed into a wolf or capable of assuming a wolf's form

Origin of werewolf

Middle English, from Old English werwulf (akin to Old High German werwolf werewolf), from wer man + wulf wolf — more at virile, wolf


First Known Use: before 12th century


WEREWOLF Defined for Kids

werewolf

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noun were·wolf \ˈwer-ˌwu̇lf, ˈwər-\

Definition of werewolf

plural were·wolves \-ˌwu̇lvz\

  1. :  a person in folklore who is changed or is able to change into a wolf



History for werewolf

The modern English word werewolf came from an Old English word werwulf that was formed from wer, “man,” and wulf, “wolf.”



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