- (in folklore and superstition) a human being who has changed into a wolf, or is capable of assuming the form of a wolf, while retaining human intelligence.
Origin of werewolf
Examples from the Web for werwolf
Their friend the werwolf had spied them from afar, and was ready to come to their rescue.
And all the way the werwolf followed them, and saw that they never lacked for food.
Then the werwolf looked at his body, and, behold, he was a man again!
I am a werwolf, not by inheritance, but of my own free will.
Nor is this inconsistency only characteristic of the movements, actions, and shape of the werwolf.
- a person fabled in folklore and superstition to have been changed into a wolf by being bewitched or said to be able to assume wolf form at will
Word Origin and History for werwolf
late Old English werewulf "person with the power to turn into a wolf," from wer "man" (see virile) + wulf (see wolf (n.); also see here for a short discussion of the mythology). Cf. Middle Dutch weerwolf, Old High German werwolf, Swedish varulf. In the ancient Persian calendar, the eighth month (October-November) was Varkazana-, literally "(Month of the) Wolf-Men."