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wolf

[ woolf ]
/ wʊlf /
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noun, plural wolves [woolvz]. /wʊlvz/.

verb (used with object)

to devour voraciously (often followed by down): He wolfed his food.

verb (used without object)

to hunt for wolves.

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Idioms for wolf

Origin of wolf

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English wulf; cognate with German Wolf, Old Norse ulfr, Gothic wulfs, all from Germanic wulfaz; akin to Polish wilk, Czech vlk, Lithuanian vil̃kas, Sanskrit vṛka-, and Latin lupus, Greek lýkos

OTHER WORDS FROM wolf

wolflike, adjective

Definition for wolf (2 of 2)

Wolf
[ vawlf ]
/ vɔlf /

noun

Baron Christian von. Christian von Wolff.
Frie·drich Au·gust [free-drikh -ou-goost], /ˈfri drɪx ˈaʊ gʊst/, 1759–1824, German classical scholar.
Hu·go [hoo-goh], /ˈhu goʊ/, 1860–1903, Austrian composer.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for wolf (1 of 2)

wolf
/ (wʊlf) /

noun plural wolves (wʊlvz)

verb

(tr often foll by down) to gulp (down)
(intr) to hunt wolves

Derived forms of wolf

wolfish, adjectivewolflike, adjective

Word Origin for wolf

Old English wulf; related to Old High German wolf, Old Norse ulfr, Gothic wulfs, Latin lupus and vulpēs fox

British Dictionary definitions for wolf (2 of 2)

Wolf
/ (German vɔlf) /

noun

Friedrich August (ˈfriːdrɪç ˈauɡʊst). 1759–1824, German classical scholar, who suggested that the Homeric poems, esp the Iliad, are products of an oral tradition
Hugo (ˈhuːɡo). 1860–1903, Austrian composer, esp of songs, including the Italienisches Liederbuch and the Spanisches Liederbuch
(wʊlf) Howlin'. See Howlin' Wolf
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