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1a : suggestive of a wolf wolfish mongrel dogs— Hoffman Birney a wolfish and withdrawn youth— Marshall Frady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

Other Words from wolfish

wolfishly adverb
wolfishness noun

Examples of wolfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Quite noticeably, all the women are exceptionally attractive, while three somewhat older men seem distinctly wolfish. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 Super Bowl Week is famous for its insatiable appetites, unabashed gluttony and wolfish overconsumption. Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 West matched Fox with his own leather outerwear, a distressed biker jacket, leather pants, his utilitarian Red Wing boots, and a gray hoodie—plus what looked like pale, wolfish contact lenses. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Jan. 2022 In this holiday romance, ski lodge owner Landon Wolff has to cope with an influx of wolf shifters in his town at Christmastime — but his wolfish instincts get turned to 11 when veterinarian Gabrielle Lowe comes to stay. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 6 Dec. 2021 Maurizio gradually embraces his wolfish business side and Patrizia gets pushed aside – and consequently confides in a call-in TV psychic (Salma Hayek) – as the story veers from darkly comic to ultimately tragic. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 Soon, Sandie/Eloise is being twirled across the dance floor by the wolfish music manager Jack (Doctor Who’s Matt Smith) in a bravura set piece of swooping camerawork, costuming, production design, and tag-team choreography. Chris Lee, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2021 The family do not know Caterina and Manfredi broke up, which Manfredi, an unlikable, wolfish character with little to recommend him to one woman let alone two, exploits. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 29 Oct. 2021 The characters played by Dukakis and Mahoney, the hurting, dignified woman and the wolfish boy-man, end up eating not alone, but together. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 2 May 2021 See More

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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 2 Jul. 2022.

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