- a person who prefers to live, act, or work alone or independent of others.
- a criminal who acts alone (often used attributively): lone-wolf terrorists.
Origin of lone wolf
Related Words for lone wolfhermit, independent, individualist, loner, nonconformist, outsider, pariah, solitary, separatist
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Contemporary Examples of lone wolf
And his lone-wolf status may never be more apparent than at the bottom of his legal notice to Ferguson Mayor James Knowles.The Black Panther Bomb Plot in St. Louis That Wasn’t
December 9, 2014
Historical Examples of lone wolf
I never was much on this lone-wolf dodgin', though I've done it of necessity.The Lone Star Ranger
The lone-wolf motive sang seductively in his seventeen-year-old ears.Rough-Hewn
But did one hear the lone-wolf howl as our fellows went filing down the gang-planks?The Glory of The Coming
Irvin S. Cobb
It is a pity the untamable, lone-wolf souls should always become pariahs, almost of choice: mere scamps.Sea and Sardinia
D. H. Lawrence
He was succeeded by Gi-pgo, "Lone-wolf," adopted father of the present chief of the same name.
- a person who prefers to be alone
A person who prefers to do without the company or assistance of others. For example, Her nursery school teacher described Beth as a lone wolf, an assessment her parents found astonishing. This expression alludes to the tendency of some species of wolf to hunt alone rather than in packs. [c. 1900]