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

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

plural were·wolves \-ˌwlvz\

Full Definition of WEREWOLF

:  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
WEREWOLVES Defined for Kids


noun were·wolf \ˈwer-ˌwlf, ˈwər-\
plural were·wolves \-ˌwlvz\

Definition of WEREWOLF for Kids

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

Word History of 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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