Wolf Definition

wo͝olf
wolfed, wolfing, wolfs, wolves
noun
wolves
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.
Webster's New World
The fur of a wolf.
Webster's New World
Any of various similar or related mammals, such as the hyena.
American Heritage
The destructive larva of any of various moths, beetles, or flies.
American Heritage
A fierce, cruel, or greedy person.
Webster's New World
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verb
wolfed, wolfing, wolfs
To eat ravenously, as a wolf does.
Webster's New World
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nibble
proper name
1759-1824; Ger. classical scholar.
Webster's New World
1860-1903; Austrian composer.
Webster's New World
pronoun
Wiktionary
idiom
wolf at the door
  • Creditors or a creditor.
American Heritage
wolf in sheep's clothing
  • One who feigns congeniality while actually holding malevolent intentions.
American Heritage
cry wolf
  • to give a false alarm
Webster's New World
keep the wolf from the door
  • to provide the necessities of life in sufficient quantity to prevent privation
Webster's New World
wolf in sheep's clothing
  • a person who hides malicious intent under a benign manner
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Wolf

Noun

Singular:
wolf
Plural:
wolves

Origin of Wolf

  • From Middle English wolf, from Old English wulf, ƿulf, from Proto-Germanic *wulfaz (compare West Frisian and Dutch wolf, German Wolf, Danish ulv), from Proto-Indo-European *wĺ̥kʷos; akin to Sanskrit वृक (vṛ́ka), Persian گرگ (gorg), Lithuanian vilkas, Russian волк (volk), Albanian ujk, Latin lupus, Greek λύκος (lýkos), Tocharian B walkwe.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English wulf wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots

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

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