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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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  • So that's why the Stanton people have been fighting so wolfishly for delay, is it?

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • He had seen mustangs in that humor shake off their tormentors and tear them wolfishly with their fangs.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • He seemed half famished, and devoured some slices of excellent ham, which I had put in my guide's knapsack, wolfishly.

  • The meat he tore apart and devoured ravenously, cramming it wolfishly into his mouth as fast as he could.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
  • He was thirty-one or two perhaps, long-limbed and wolfishly spare, like his elder brother, whom he resembled thus only.

    The Princess Passes

    Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  • A three-mile pull brought us to the camp just as the night fell, and we stepped ashore very tired and wolfishly hungry.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The next thing Grif did was to tear a piece out of the loaf and wolfishly devour it.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Still the Indians ate, voraciously, wolfishly, as though they could never get enough.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • There, twenty feet away, stood the wolfishly gaunt bandolero, a revolver in his right hand trained rigidly on Don Jaime!

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • He was wolfishly hungry, and the dishes he looked upon gave him back assurances by sight and smell that he was very happy as well.

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