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wolf

noun, often attributive \ ˈwu̇lf , ÷ˈwu̇f \

Definition of wolf

plural wolves play \ˈwu̇lvz, ÷ˈwu̇vz\
1 plural also wolf
a :any of several large predatory canids (genus Canis) that are active mostly at night, live and hunt in packs, and resemble the related dogs; especially :gray wolf
Note: Wolves have long been viewed as threats to livestock and people resulting in significant worldwide declines in their numbers and range size due to persistent eradication efforts (as by hunting, trapping, and poisoning).
b :the fur of a wolf
2 a (1) :a fierce, rapacious, or destructive person
(2) :a man forward, direct, and zealous in amatory attentions to women
b :dire poverty :starvation
  • keep the wolf from the door
c :the maggot of a warble fly
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[German; from the howling sound]
a (1) :dissonance in some chords on organs, pianos, or other instruments with fixed tones tuned by unequal temperament
(2) :an instance of such dissonance
b :a harshness due to faulty vibration in various tones in a bowed instrument

wolflike

play \ˈwu̇lf-ˌlīk\ adjective
wolf in sheep's clothing
:one who cloaks a hostile intention with a friendly manner

Examples of wolf in a Sentence

  1. no sooner had the lottery winner's name been made public than the wolves with their investment schemes showed up on her doorstep

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Origin and Etymology of wolf

Middle English, from Old English wulf; akin to Old High German wolf wolf, Latin lupus, Greek lykos

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wolf

verb

Definition of wolf

transitive verb
:to eat greedily :devour

Examples of wolf in a Sentence

  1. the way you wolf your food it's no wonder you have intestinal distress

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First Known Use of wolf

1862

wolf Synonyms

Synonyms
bolt, cram, devour, glut [archaic], gorge, gormandize, gulp, ingurgitate, inhale, raven, scarf, scoff, slop, gobble
Related Words
overeat, pig out, swill
Near Antonyms
nibble, peck, pick

Wolf

biographical name \ ˈvȯlf \

Definition of Wolf

Friedrich August 1759–1824 German philologist

Wolf

biographical name

Definition of Wolf

Hugo Philipp Jakob 1860–1903 Austrian composer


WOLF Defined for English Language Learners

wolf

noun

Definition of wolf for English Language Learners

  • : a large wild animal that is similar to a dog and that often hunts in groups


wolf

verb

Definition of wolf for English Language Learners

  • : to eat (something) very quickly


WOLF Defined for Kids

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wolf

noun \ ˈwu̇lf \

Definition of wolf for Students

plural wolves \ˈwu̇lvz\
1 :a large bushy-tailed wild animal that resembles the related domestic dog, eats meat, and often lives and hunts in packs
2 :a crafty or fierce person

wolfish

\ˈwu̇l-fish\ adjective

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wolf

verb

Definition of wolf for Students

wolfed; wolfing
:to eat fast or greedily


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