lone wolf


Definition of lone wolf

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

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Other Words from lone wolf

lone-wolf \ ˈlōn-​ˌwu̇lf How to pronounce lone-wolf (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lone wolf in a Sentence

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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Left for dead, a Cro-Magnon teen forms an unlikely alliance with a lone wolf that was abandoned by its pack. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Well before the present glut of studios with acronymic titles, H&dM garnered international attention in the 1990s as a relative rarity in a profession then dominated by big-name lone wolves. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 Being a lone wolf or lone rat makes these shooters extremely hard to detect. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Can we make Walmarts and other public spaces safer? Mass shootings show vulnerable ‘soft targets’," 6 Aug. 2019 But on closer examination, the attacks served to illustrate how America’s lone wolf shooters aren’t really alone. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, "Weekend of mass killing reflects how American violence goes viral," 5 Aug. 2019 That was reality on Monday for Don Miles, who was walking to the Commerce Street entrance of the Earle Cabell Federal Building when Dallas' latest lone wolf assault happened. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas’ ‘lone wolf’ shooting shows how we’re always in danger, even with improved security," 22 June 2019 To be irredeemable is surely to be special, a lone wolf. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Notes on Cancel Culture," 1 July 2019 Monday's attack on the courthouse was the perfect example of the most difficult threat to detect: the self-radicalized lone wolf. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas’ ‘lone wolf’ shooting shows how we’re always in danger, even with improved security," 22 June 2019 Dave Cole serves up dangerous Judd Nelson-Johnny Depp-Christian Slater realness as J.D., the lone wolf tricking Veronica into taking down Alpha Heather Chandler and then bumping off more obnoxious classmates in the ultimate anti-bullying campaign. Lee Williams | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "‘Heathers: The Musical’ puts Generation X nostalgia front and center," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of lone wolf

1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lone wolf

: someone who likes to act, live, or work alone

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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