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[woo l-fish] /ˈwʊl fɪʃ/
resembling a wolf, as in form or characteristics.
characteristic of or befitting a wolf; fiercely rapacious.
Origin of wolfish
First recorded in 1560-70; wolf + -ish1
Related forms
wolfishly, adverb
wolfishness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The bristling mane, so thick and wolfish, fairly quivered in its rigidity.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • The ocean wind tore at the windows with wolfish claws, savage to enter.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • "You're not going to get a complete inspection, Buster," he said with a wolfish grin.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The sudden, wolfish gleam in his eyes had told her that he meant what he said.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • Dogged and wolfish as he was, the man knew his master, and was cowed.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • Even the barking of a farm-yard dog had a wolfish and savage suggestiveness.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • Alick again began to turn, I thought, wolfish eyes at Bouncer.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes William H. G. Kingston
  • Had his visage been at all wolfish in character, his aspect would have been terrible.

  • At seven o'clock his hunger was wolfish; and still his mind was not made up.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • It was an ominous sound, with something of wolfish ferocity in it.

    The Bridge of the Gods

    Frederic Homer Balch

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