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  1. resembling a wolf, as in form or characteristics.

  2. characteristic of or befitting a wolf; fiercely rapacious.

Origin of wolfish

First recorded in 1560–70; wolf + -ish1

Other words from wolfish

  • wolf·ish·ly, adverb
  • wolf·ish·ness, noun

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How to use wolfish in a sentence

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

    What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
  • The next thing Grif did was to tear a piece out of the loaf and wolfishly devour it.

    Grif | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • A possibility occurred to the young agent—and he quailed a bit, then grinned wolfishly at the thought.

    Man of Many Minds | E. Everett Evans
  • He was wolfishly hungry, and the dishes he looked upon gave him back assurances by sight and smell that he was very happy as well.

  • Jim excited her, with his way of looking in her face and grinning wolfishly, and at the same time asking to be saved.

    Aaron's Rod | D. H. Lawrence