lone wolf


: a person who prefers to work, act, or live alone
lone-wolf 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 Officials at both sites — fearing threats including lone wolf gunmen and an array of radicals — have limited how close demonstrators can get to convention venues. Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2024 And in 2018, then-Brazilian presidential candidate Bolsonaro was stabbed by another lone wolf attacker in the middle of a campaign rally. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 15 July 2024 Early indication is that this is a lone wolf, the source said, but the situation is fluid and the investigators want to be absolutely certain that this person had no support and that no one knew what was coming. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 14 July 2024 Unlike Zhang, who was often seen as a lone wolf, Liu is regarded among his peers as a compassionate leader and an encouraging editor. Tianwei Zhang, WWD, 3 Sep. 2019 See all Example Sentences for lone wolf 

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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 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

lone wolf

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