Werewolf meaning

wârwo͝olf, wîr-, wûr-
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(folklore) A person changed into a wolf, or one capable of assuming the form of a wolf at will; lycanthrope.
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A person believed to have been transformed into a wolf or to be capable of assuming the form of a wolf.
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(mythology) A person who is transformed or can transform into a wolf or a wolflike human, often said to transform during a full moon.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of werewolf - were wolf, werwolf

Origin of werewolf

  • Middle English from Old English werewulf wer man wī-ro- in Indo-European roots wulf wolf wolf

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English werwolf, from Old English werwulf (“werewoulf", literally “man-wolf"), equivalent to wer +"Ž wolf or were- +"Ž wolf. Cognate with Dutch weerwolf (“werewolf"), Middle Low German werwulf, werwolf, warwulf (“werewolf"), German Werwolf (“werewolf"), Danish varulv (“werewolf"), Swedish varulv (“werewolf"). Compare also French garou, in loup-garou (“werewolf"), French dialectal gairou, varou (“werewolf"), Medieval Latin gerulphus, garulphus (“werewolf") (< Germanic).

    From Wiktionary