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
Recent Examples on the Web Klaeren took issue with the fact that Morrison was a commander of Wolverine and raised concern with the idea of a lone wolf, such as Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated President John F. Kennedy. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Bond lowered for 2 more Michigan terrorism suspects," 13 Nov. 2020 While the popular image of the conspiracy theorist is of a lone wolf piecing together puzzling connections with photographs and red string, that image no longer applies in the age of social media. Timothy R. Tangherlini, The Conversation, "An AI tool can distinguish between a conspiracy theory and a true conspiracy – it comes down to how easily the story falls apart," 13 Nov. 2020 If lone wolf attacks do continue and society doesn’t better grasp how to talk about them, backlash against Muslim communities in the U.K. and France could worsen, experts say. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "As lone wolf attacks go up, can Europe keep Islamophobia down?," 6 Nov. 2020 In the 25 years since wolves were reintroduced to the Northern Rockies, only the occasional lone wolf and small packs have wandered south to Colorado. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Colorado Votes to Reintroduce Wolves to the Southern Rocky Mountains," 6 Nov. 2020 Wolf said lone wolf attackers and small groups have taken advantage of political tensions and social unrest in 2020. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Violent white supremacists 'most persistent and lethal threat' in US: DHS," 6 Oct. 2020 Please note, Nate Davis was the lone wolf among the USA TODAY Sports NFL staff to foresee offensive rookie of the year honors for the first-rounder from LSU. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers from the Chiefs' NFL season-opening win against Texans," 11 Sep. 2020 Dispersing and relying on lone wolf actors to spark violence is an old rightwing extremist tactic meant to allow the group to endure scrutiny and censure, much like the Boogaloo movement’s shifting jargon. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "The Meme-Fueled Rise of a Dangerous, Far-Right Militia," 18 June 2020 For now, No Time to Die, which carries a budget of around $250 million before marketing, appears to be a lone wolf. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, ""A Highly Unusual Situation": 'No Time to Die' Moves as Other Tentpoles Stay Put Amid Coronavirus Fears," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of lone wolf

1909, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2020

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“Lone wolf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lone%20wolf. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lone wolf

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

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