noun, plural wolves [woo lvz] /wʊlvz/.
- the harsh discord heard in certain chords of keyboard instruments, especially the organ, when tuned on some system of unequal temperament.
- a chord or interval in which such a discord appears.
- (in bowed instruments) a discordant or false vibration in a string due to a defect in structure or adjustment of the instrument.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Words nearby wolf
Idioms for wolf
Origin of wolf
OTHER WORDS FROM wolfwolf·like, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for wolf in sheep's clothing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for wolf in sheep's clothing (2 of 2)
noun plural wolves (wʊlvz)
- an unpleasant sound produced in some notes played on the violin, cello, etc, owing to resonant vibrations of the belly
- an out-of-tune effect produced on keyboard instruments accommodated esp to the system of mean-tone temperamentSee temperament (def. 4)
Derived forms of wolfwolfish, adjectivewolflike, adjective
Word Origin for wolf
Cultural definitions for wolf in sheep's clothing
Figuratively, anyone who disguises a ruthless nature through an outward show of innocence. Jesus taught his followers to “beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Idioms and Phrases with wolf in sheep's clothing (1 of 2)
An enemy disguised as a friend, as in Dan was a wolf in sheep's clothing, pretending to help but all the while spying for our competitors. This term comes from the ancient fable about a wolf that dresses up in the skin of a sheep and sneaks up on a flock. This fable has given rise to a rich history of allusions as in the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus speaks of false prophets in sheep's clothing, “but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15).
Idioms and Phrases with wolf in sheep's clothing (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with wolf
- wolf in sheep's clothing
- cry wolf
- keep the wolf from the door
- lone wolf