noun, often attributive \ˈwlf\

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

plural wolves \ˈwlvz\

Full Definition of WOLF

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
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
[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 \ˈwlf-ˌlīk\ adjective
wolf in sheep's clothing
:  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

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole



: to eat (something) very quickly

Full Definition of WOLF

transitive verb
:  to eat greedily :  devour

Examples of WOLF

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

First Known Use of WOLF


Related to WOLF


biographical name \ˈvlf\

Definition of WOLF

Friedrich August 1759–1824 Ger. philologist


biographical name

Definition of WOLF

Hugo Philipp Jakob 1860–1903 Austrian composer


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