[ woo lf ]
/ wʊlf /

noun, plural wolves [woo lvz] /wʊlvz/.

verb (used with object)

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

verb (used without object)

to hunt for wolves.


Origin of wolf

before 900; Middle English; Old English wulf; cognate with German Wolf, Old Norse ulfr, Gothic wulfs, Polish wilk, Lithuanian vil̃kas, Sanskrit vṛka; akin to Latin lupus, Greek lýkos

Related forms

wolf·like, adjective

Definition for wolf (2 of 2)


[ vawlf ]
/ vɔlf /


Baron Christian von. Christian von Wolff.
Frie·drich Au·gust [free-drikh ou-goo st] /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)


/ (wʊlf) /

noun plural wolves (wʊlvz)


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

Derived Forms

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)


/ (German vɔlf) /


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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Idioms and Phrases with wolf


In addition to the idiom beginning with wolf

  • wolf in sheep's clothing

also see:

  • cry wolf
  • keep the wolf from the door
  • lone wolf
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