noun, plural were·wolves [wair-woo lvz, weer-, wur-] /ˈwɛərˌwʊlvz, ˈwɪər-, ˈwɜr-/.
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?|Roxane Gay|May 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|April 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Tom Godwin
These and other similar mythical germs were developed by the mediaeval imagination into the horrible superstition of werewolves.
In them side by side with the knights and squires and ladies move fays and giants and werewolves.Tales from the Old French|Various
The frightful superstition of werewolves is a good instance.
The werewolves, as we have seen (ante p. 25), keep to the woods and the dark, of course in many cases to avoid detection.The Origin of the Werewolf Superstition|Caroline Taylor Stewart
British Dictionary definitions for werewolves
noun plural -wolves
Word Origin for werewolf
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."
Culture definitions for werewolves
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.