[woo l-fish]


resembling a wolf, as in form or characteristics.
characteristic of or befitting a wolf; fiercely rapacious.

Origin of wolfish

First recorded in 1560–70; wolf + -ish1
Related formswolf·ish·ly, adverbwolf·ish·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for wolfish

Historical Examples of wolfish

  • The bristling mane, so thick and wolfish, fairly quivered in its rigidity.

  • The ocean wind tore at the windows with wolfish claws, savage to enter.

    Wayside Courtships

    Hamlin Garland

  • "You're not going to get a complete inspection, Buster," he said with a wolfish grin.

    By Proxy

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The sudden, wolfish gleam in his eyes had told her that he meant what he said.

    Brand Blotters

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Dogged and wolfish as he was, the man knew his master, and was cowed.

    Brand Blotters

    William MacLeod Raine