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wolf

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noun \ˈwu̇lf\

Simple Definition of wolf

  • : a large wild animal that is similar to a dog and that often hunts in groups

Full Definition of wolf

plural wolves play \ˈwu̇lvz\

  1. 1 plural also wolf a :  any of several large predatory canids (genus Canis) that live and hunt in packs and resemble the related dogs; especially :  gray wolf — compare coyote, jackal b :  the fur of a wolf

  2. 2 a (1) :  a fierce, rapacious, or destructive person (2) :  a man forward, direct, and zealous in amatory attentions to women b :  dire poverty :  starvation <keep the wolf from the door> c :  the maggot of a warble fly

  3. 3 [German; from the howling sound] a (1) :  dissonance in some chords on organs, pianos, or other instruments with fixed tones tuned by unequal temperament (2) :  an instance of such dissonance b :  a harshness due to faulty vibration in various tones in a bowed instrument

wolf·like play \ˈwu̇lf-ˌlīk\ adjective
wolf in sheep's clothing
  1. :  one who cloaks a hostile intention with a friendly manner

Examples of wolf

  1. <she threatened to geld the wolf if he didn't stop making passes at her>

  2. <no sooner had the lottery winner's name been made public than the wolves with their investment schemes showed up on her doorstep>



Origin of wolf

Middle English, from Old English wulf; akin to Old High German wolf wolf, Latin lupus, Greek lykos


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms


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wolf

verb

Simple Definition of wolf

  • : to eat (something) very quickly

Full Definition of wolf

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to eat greedily :  devour

Examples of wolf

  1. <the way you wolf your food it's no wonder you have intestinal distress>



1862

First Known Use of wolf

1862


Wolf

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biographical name \ˈvȯlf\

Definition of Wolf

  1. Friedrich August 1759–1824 Ger. philologist




Wolf

biographical name

Definition of Wolf

  1. Hugo Philipp Jakob 1860–1903 Austrian composer





WOLF Defined for Kids

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wolf

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noun \ˈwu̇lf\

Definition of wolf

plural wolves \ˈwu̇lvz\

  1. 1 :  a large bushy-tailed wild animal that resembles the related domestic dog, eats meat, and often lives and hunts in packs

  2. 2 :  a crafty or fierce person

wolf·ish \ˈwu̇l-fish\ adjective



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wolf

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verb

Definition of wolf

wolfedwolf·ing

  1. :  to eat fast or greedily





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