werwolf

[ wair-woo lf, weer-, wur- ]
/ ˈwɛərˌwʊlf, ˈwɪər-, ˈwɜr- /
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noun, plural wer·wolves [wair-woo lvz, weer-, wur-] /ˈwɛərˌwʊlvz, ˈwɪər-, ˈwɜr-/.

Definition for werwolf (2 of 2)

werewolf

or wer·wolf

[ wair-woo lf, weer-, wur- ]
/ ˈwɛərˌwʊlf, ˈwɪər-, ˈwɜr- /

noun, plural were·wolves [wair-woo lvz, weer-, wur-] /ˈwɛərˌwʊlvz, ˈwɪər-, ˈwɜr-/.

(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) + wulf wolf; cognate with Middle Dutch weerwolf, Old High German werwolf
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British Dictionary definitions for werwolf

werewolf

/ (ˈwɪəˌwʊlf, ˈwɛə-) /

noun plural -wolves

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 for werewolf

Old English werewulf, from wer man + wulf wolf; related to Old High German werwolf, Middle Dutch weerwolf
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Word Origin and History for werwolf

werewolf


n.

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."

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