- The definition of a wolf is any of the wild canine carnivores, or a fierce or greedy person.
- An example of a wolf is the gray wolf.
- An example of a wolf is a person who goes to extreme measures to get what she wants.
- Wolf is defined as to eat quickly and in great quantities.
An example of wolf is to ingest three burgers, three hot dogs and a large order of fries in minutes.
- any of various wild canine carnivores (genus Canis), esp. the gray wolf, widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere: domestic dogs are thought to be descended from wolves
- the fur of a wolf
- a fierce, cruel, or greedy person
- Slang a man who flirts aggressively with many women
- the dissonance of some chords on an organ, piano, etc. that has been tuned in a system of unequal temperament; also, a chord in which such dissonance is heard
- an unsteadiness or breaking of certain tones in instruments of the violin group, due to faulty vibration
Origin of wolfMiddle English from Old English wulf, akin to German wolf, Old Norse ulfr, Gothic wulfs from Indo-European base an unverified form w?p-, an unverified form lup-, name of animals of prey from source Classical Latin lupus, Classical Greek lykos
transitive verbwolfed, wolf′ing
Origin of wolffrom the fable of Aesop in which a shepherd boy falsely calls “Wolf!”, causing the villagers to disbelieve him and not come to his aid when a wolf finally does appear
keep the wolf from the door
wolf in sheep's clothing
- 1759-1824; Ger. classical scholar
- 1860-1903; Austrian composer
- a. Any of several carnivorous mammals of the genus Canis, especially the gray wolf of northern regions, that typically live and hunt in packs.b. The fur of such an animal.c. Any of various similar or related mammals, such as the hyena.
- The destructive larva of any of various moths, beetles, or flies.
- One that is regarded as predatory, rapacious, and fierce.
- Slang A man who habitually makes aggressive sexual advances to women.
- Music a. A harshness in some tones of a bowed stringed instrument produced by defective vibration.b. Dissonance in perfect fifths on a keyboard instrument tuned to a system of unequal temperament.
transitive verbwolfed, wolf·ing, wolfs
Origin of wolfMiddle English from Old English wulf ; see w&llowring;kwo- in Indo-European roots.
- A large wild canid of certain subspecies of Canis lupus.
- A man who makes amorous advances on many women.
- (music) A wolf tone or wolf note; an unpleasant tone produced when a note matches the natural resonating frequency of the body of a musical instrument, the quality of which may be likened to the howl of a wolf.
- This cello has a terrible wolf on the D string around 'F'.
- One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvae of several species of beetles and grain moths.
- the bee wolf
- (figuratively) Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person or thing; especially, want; starvation.
- They toiled hard to keep the wolf from the door.
- A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
- A willying machine.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(third-person singular simple present wolfs, present participle wolfing, simple past and past participle wolfed)
From Middle English wolf, from Old English wulf, Æ¿ulf, from Proto-Germanic *wulfaz (compare West Frisian and Dutch wolf, German Wolf, Danish ulv), from Proto-Indo-European *wÄºÌ¥kÊ·os; akin to Sanskrit à¤µà¥ƒà¤• (vá¹›Ìka), Persian Ú¯Ø±Ú¯ (gorg), Lithuanian vilkas, Russian Ð²Ð¾Ð»Ðº (volk), Albanian ujk, Latin lupus, Greek Î»ÏÎºÎ¿Ï‚ (lÃ½kos), Tocharian B walkwe.