lone wolf


: a person who prefers to work, act, or live alone
lone-wolf adjective

Example Sentences

He had the reputation of being a lone wolf in high school. a lone wolf in the art world, he has his own style and paints only to please himself
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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lone wolf was in 1909

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“Lone wolf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lone%20wolf. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

lone wolf

: a person who prefers to act, live, or work alone : loner
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