- (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
Examples from the Web for werewolves
Red Moon accounts for nearly everything one could imagine when considering a world where werewolves are among us.The Werewolf Novel as Post-9/11 Political Allegory?
May 16, 2013
The kids go on energetic, meandering rants about werewolves and islands made of candy.Beck Bennett: Meet That Guy in Those Adorable AT&T Commercials
April 9, 2013
And werewolves were about losing yourself to your “beastly side,” which must have been terrifying if you were a Victorian.
I mean, I feel like werewolves and vampires were invented to talk about something that was frightening us as a culture.
They disappeared into a world of wizards, werewolves, and magic spells.Space Prison
These witnesses of werewolves may have seen animals, all right enough.The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction
The frightful superstition of werewolves is a good instance.Myths and Myth-Makers
Don't look so gloomy, Fortin, unless you believe in werewolves and ghosts.Famous Modern Ghost Stories
In it, he had described the fiendish habits and activities of werewolves and had actually even presented a formula.G-r-r-r...!
- 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
Word Origin and History for werewolves
late Old English werewulf "person with the power to turn into a wolf," from wer "man" (see virile) + wulf (see wolf (n.); also see here for a short discussion of the mythology). Cf. Middle Dutch weerwolf, Old High German werwolf, Swedish varulf. In the ancient Persian calendar, the eighth month (October-November) was Varkazana-, literally "(Month of the) Wolf-Men."
Legendary human beings who are magically transformed into wolves. Werewolves supposedly prowl at night, devouring babies and digging up corpses, and cannot be killed with ordinary weapons. They are particularly associated with the full moon.