What does wolf mean?

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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"


  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

  9. Origin: [OE. wolf, wulf, AS. wulf; akin to OS. wulf, D. & G. wolf, Icel. lfr, Sw. ulf, Dan. ulv, Goth. wulfs, Lith. vilkas, Russ. volk', L. lupus, Gr. ly`kos, Skr. vka; also to Gr. "e`lkein to draw, drag, tear in pieces. 286. Cf. Lupine, a., Lyceum.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wolf

    woolf, n. the common name of certain species of the genus Canis—including the ravenous Common Wolf, the Abyssinian Wolf, the Antarctic Wolf, the Maned Wolf, and the Prairie Wolf or Coyote: anything very ravenous: a greedy and cunning person: (obs.) a tuberculous excrescence: (mus.) a harsh discord heard in the organ, &c.:—pl. Wolves.—v.i. to hunt for wolves.—v.t. (slang) to devour ravenously.—ns. Wolf′-dog, a dog of large breed kept to guard sheep, esp. against wolves; Wol′fer, one who hunts wolves; Wolf′-fish, a fierce and voracious salt-water fish—called also Sea-wolf and Cat-fish; Wolf′-hound (see Borzoi); Wol′fing, the hunting of wolves for their skins.—adjs. Wol′fish, Wol′vish, like a wolf either in form or quality: rapacious.—adv. Wol′fishly.—ns. Wolf′kin, Wolf′ling, a young wolf; Wolf's′-bane, aconite; Wolf's′-foot, -claw, the club-moss Lycopodium; Wolf′-skin, the skin or pelt of a wolf; Wolf's′-peach, the tomato; Wolf′-spī′der, the tarantula; Wolf′-tooth, a small supernumerary premolar in a horse.—Cry wolf, to give a false alarm—from the story of the boy who cried 'Wolf' when there was none, and was not believed when there was one; Have a wolf by the ears, to be in a very difficult situation; Have a wolf in the stomach, to be ravenously hungry; Keep the wolf from the door, to keep out hunger; See a wolf, to lose one's voice, in allusion to an old superstition. [A.S. wulf; Ger. wolf; L. lupus; Gr. lykos.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for wolf »

  1. flow fowl

  2. Flow

  3. Fowl


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wolf in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wolf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Guillaume Chapron:

    Maybe the wolf is your black bear.

  2. Usama Shami:

    We are always concerned about lone wolf attacks.

  3. Lithuanian Proverb:

    If you run from a wolf, you may run into a bear.

  4. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Sheep are under the bed, but the wolf is on the bed.

  5. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    An ambitious wolf will rise above a complacent lion.

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