lone wolf


Definition of lone wolf

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

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 Federal law enforcement nationwide has warned that one of the biggest threats remains lone wolf-style attacks. Melanie Zanona, CNN, 27 Aug. 2021 McDormand, a producer as well as star of Chloé Zhao's film, let a howl that could have been a reference to her nomadic, lone wolf character in a melancholic open-road tale about the primal necessities of life. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 In a world where humans and superheroes coexist, a lone wolf cop teams up with a bright detective to dismantle a dark plot to extract superpowers. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 4 July 2021 Each instance of police violence or white domestic terrorism is often viewed as the depraved actions of one bad apple or lone wolf. Malika Redmond, Essence, 10 June 2021 But that a lone wolf was able to wander into Voyageurs and immediately catch fish shows how adaptable the predators are, Gable said. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, 14 Apr. 2021 And in the bottom right corner is a lone wolf howling. oregonlive, 22 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lone wolf

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Lone wolf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lone%20wolf. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lone wolf

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


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