[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 wolfishly

Historical Examples of wolfishly

  • So that's why the Stanton people have been fighting so wolfishly for delay, is it?

    The Real Man

    Francis Lynde

  • He had seen mustangs in that humor shake off their tormentors and tear them wolfishly with their fangs.

  • He seemed half famished, and devoured some slices of excellent ham, which I had put in my guide's knapsack, wolfishly.

  • The meat he tore apart and devoured ravenously, cramming it wolfishly into his mouth as fast as he could.

    Steve Yeager

    William MacLeod Raine

  • He was thirty-one or two perhaps, long-limbed and wolfishly spare, like his elder brother, whom he resembled thus only.

    The Princess Passes

    Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson