wolfish

adjective
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1a : suggestive of a wolf wolfish mongrel dogs— Hoffman Birney a wolfish and withdrawn youth— Marshall Frady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 As dogs swapped the fleshy, protein-heavy diets of their wolfish ancestors for starchy human fare, their gut microbes were almost certainly taken along for the ride. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Gives Researchers the Scoop on Ancient Poop," 20 Apr. 2020 As dogs swapped the fleshy, protein-heavy diets of their wolfish ancestors for starchy human fare, their gut microbes were almost certainly taken along for the ride. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Gives Researchers the Scoop on Ancient Poop," 20 Apr. 2020 The less-fearful individuals in the pack likely lost their wolfish demeanors, such as skittishness and shyness, and evolved over time into the happy, friendly, and loyal domestic dogs that warm our hearts and hearths. National Geographic, "Ancient wolves that played with humans likely evolved into today's friendly dogs," 23 Sep. 2020 As dogs swapped the fleshy, protein-heavy diets of their wolfish ancestors for starchy human fare, their gut microbes were almost certainly taken along for the ride. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Gives Researchers the Scoop on Ancient Poop," 20 Apr. 2020 As dogs swapped the fleshy, protein-heavy diets of their wolfish ancestors for starchy human fare, their gut microbes were almost certainly taken along for the ride. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Gives Researchers the Scoop on Ancient Poop," 20 Apr. 2020 As dogs swapped the fleshy, protein-heavy diets of their wolfish ancestors for starchy human fare, their gut microbes were almost certainly taken along for the ride. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Gives Researchers the Scoop on Ancient Poop," 20 Apr. 2020 As dogs swapped the fleshy, protein-heavy diets of their wolfish ancestors for starchy human fare, their gut microbes were almost certainly taken along for the ride. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Gives Researchers the Scoop on Ancient Poop," 20 Apr. 2020 As dogs swapped the fleshy, protein-heavy diets of their wolfish ancestors for starchy human fare, their gut microbes were almost certainly taken along for the ride. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Gives Researchers the Scoop on Ancient Poop," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of wolfish

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

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“Wolfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolfish. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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