wolf·​ish | \ ˈwu̇l-fish How to pronounce wolfish (audio) \

Definition of wolfish

1a : suggestive of a wolf wolfish mongrel dogs— Hoffman Birney a wolfish and withdrawn youth— Marshall Frady
b : befitting or characteristic of a wolf a wolfish appetite
2 : of or relating to wolves

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Other Words from wolfish

wolfishly adverb
wolfishness noun

Examples of wolfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dixie’s is played by a very young and very wolfish Cage. BostonGlobe.com, "THE COTTON CLUB ENCORE," 10 Oct. 2019 As tables turn and turn again — nudged along by a wolfish impostor (Ward Horton) and some creative torturing — the movie allows scant time to ponder each new tack. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: A Cover-Up Turns Terrifying in ‘Midnighters’," 1 Mar. 2018 But the horribly convincing part is that Hannah is eventually (if temporarily) won over by Chuck, who reveals his true, wolfish colors towards the episode's end. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Last Night's 'Girls' Called Out Abusive, Powerful Men While The Oscars Celebrated Them," 27 Feb. 2017 Salinger had a leaner, wolfish look, with a hint of terror behind the eyes even when they were lit up. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "J.D. Salinger biopic 'Rebel in the Rye' falls back on banalities," 8 Sep. 2017 Jessica Coker is a ruthlessly draconian Penny Pennywise, gatekeeper of the public lavatory, and Matt Standley is amusingly wolfish as the corrupt Senator Flipp. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Urinetown’ delivers major comic relief in Berkeley," 21 Apr. 2017 His wolfish charm, Irish grin and macho flamboyance were perfect for World War II musicals. Jeanine Basinger, New York Times, "The Ideal Timing of Gene Kelly," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of wolfish

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Wolfish.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolfish. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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