or wer·wolf

[ wair-woolf, weer-, wur- ]
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noun,plural were·wolves [wair-woolvz, weer-, wur-]. /ˈwɛərˌwʊlvz, ˈwɪər-, ˈwɜr-/.
  1. (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

before 1000; Middle English werwolf,Old English werwulf, equivalent to wer man (cognate with Gothic wair,Latin vir) + wulfwolf; cognate with Middle Dutch weerwolf,Old High German werwolf

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/ (ˈwɪəˌwʊlf, ˈwɛə-) /

nounplural -wolves
  1. 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

Origin of werewolf

Old English werewulf, from wer man + wulf wolf; related to Old High German werwolf, Middle Dutch weerwolf

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