lone wolf

[lohn woo lf]


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.

Nearby words

  1. londrina,
  2. lone,
  3. lone hand,
  4. lone pair,
  5. lone star state,
  6. loneliness,
  7. lonely,
  8. lonely hearts,
  9. lonely-hearts,
  10. loner

Origin of lone wolf

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10

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British Dictionary definitions for lone wolf

lone wolf


a person who prefers to be alone
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Idioms and Phrases with lone wolf

lone wolf

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]

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