Definitions for wolfwʊlf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wolfwʊlf(n.; v.)(pl.)wolves

  1. (n.)any of several carnivorous mammals of the genus Canus, esp. the gray wolf, Canis lupus, formerly common throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

    Category: Mammals

  2. any of several other large canids, as the maned wolf.

    Category: Mammals

  3. the fur of such an animal.

  4. any of various unrelated wolflike animals, as the thylacine.

    Category: Mammals

  5. a cruelly rapacious person.

  6. a man who makes amorous advances to many women.

  7. a pitch of unstable quality or loudness sometimes occurring in a bowed musical instrument.

    Category: Music and Dance

  8. (v.t.)to devour voraciously (often fol. by down):

    to wolf one's food.

  9. (v.i.)to hunt for wolves.

Idioms for wolf:

  1. cry wolf, to give a false alarm.

    Category: Idiom

  2. keep the wolf from the door, to avert poverty or starvation.

    Category: Idiom

  3. wolf in sheep's clothing, a person who conceals evil beneath an innocent exterior.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of wolf:

bef. 900; ME; OE wulf, c. OS wulf, OHG wolf, ON ulfr, Go wulfs, Pol wilk, Skt vṛka; akin to L lupus, Gk lýkos



  1. Friedrich August, 1759–1824, German classical scholar.

    Category: Biography

  2. Hugo, 1860–1903, Austrian composer.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wolf(noun)

    any of various predatory carnivorous canine mammals of North America and Eurasia that usually hunt in packs

  2. Wolf, Hugo Wolf(noun)

    Austrian composer (1860-1903)

  3. Wolf, Friedrich August Wolf(noun)

    German classical scholar who claimed that the Iliad and Odyssey were composed by several authors (1759-1824)

  4. wolf, woman chaser, skirt chaser, masher(noun)

    a man who is aggressive in making amorous advances to women

  5. beast, wolf, savage, brute, wildcat(verb)

    a cruelly rapacious person

  6. wolf, wolf down(verb)

    eat hastily

    "The teenager wolfed down the pizza"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wolf(noun)ɔlf

    a large dog-like wild animal

    wolves howling in the night

  2. wolf(verb)ɔlf

    to eat very quickly

    The kids wolfed down their food.


  1. wolf(Noun)

    A large wild canid (member of the dog family), closely related to, and at times consanguineous to the domestic dog, which is considered a subspecies of the wolf.

  2. wolf(Noun)

    A man who makes amorous advances on many women.

  3. wolf(Noun)

    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'.

  4. wolf(Verb)

    To devour; to gobble; to eat (something) voraciously.

  5. Wolf(ProperNoun)

    The constellation Lupus.

  6. Origin: from wulf, from wulfaz, from wĺ̥kʷos; akin to , گرگ, vilkas, , ujk, lupus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wolf(adj)

    any one of several species of wild and savage carnivores belonging to the genus Canis and closely allied to the common dog. The best-known and most destructive species are the European wolf (Canis lupus), the American gray, or timber, wolf (C. occidentalis), and the prairie wolf, or coyote. Wolves often hunt in packs, and may thus attack large animals and even man

  2. Wolf(adj)

    one of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvae of several species of beetles and grain moths; as, the bee wolf

  3. Wolf(adj)

    fig.: Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person or thing; especially, want; starvation; as, they toiled hard to keep the wolf from the door

  4. Wolf(adj)

    a white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries

  5. Wolf(adj)

    an eating ulcer or sore. Cf. Lupus

  6. Wolf(adj)

    the harsh, howling sound of some of the chords on an organ or piano tuned by unequal temperament

  7. Wolf(adj)

    in bowed instruments, a harshness due to defective vibration in certain notes of the scale

  8. Wolf(adj)

    a willying machine


  1. Wolf

    Wolf is a 1994 American horror film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick, and an uncredited Elaine May, with music by Ennio Morricone and cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno. The film featured Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer in the lead roles, alongside James Spader, Kate Nelligan, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Plummer, Eileen Atkins, David Hyde Pierce, and Om Puri.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wolf' in Nouns Frequency: #2739

Anagrams of wolf

  1. flow fowl

  2. Flow

  3. Fowl

Translations for wolf

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of wild animal of the dog family, usually found hunting in packs.

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