nounpl. -·ines′ or -·ine′
- a stocky, ferocious, musteline carnivore (Gulo gulo), with thick fur, found in the N U.S., N Eurasia, and Canada
- its fur
- [W-]Informal a person born or living in Michigan, called the Wolverine State
Origin of wolverineirregular diminutive from wolf, probably because of its ferocity
A solitary mustelid mammal (Gulo gulo) of northern regions, having a heavyset body, short legs, dark fur, and a bushy tail, and known for its aggressive predatory behavior. Also called carcajou . Also called glutton . Also called skunk bear .
Origin of wolverineProbably from wolf
Alteration of earlier wolvering, probably ultimately from wolf.
- A native or resident of the American state of Michigan.
- 1846: [The term "Sucker" is] The cognomen of the Illinoians, answering to the Buckeye of Ohio, the Wolverine of Michigan, the Corn-cracker of Kentucky, &c. "” Eliza Wood Farnham, Life in Prairie Land, 1846, p. 63
- A student attending or a graduate of the University of Michigan or a fan of the school's athletic teams.