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)
Origin of wolf
Related Words for wolvesspy, hypocrite, renegade, deserter, conspirator, impostor, turncoat, informer, mutt, pooch, pup, Casanova, libertine, stud, rake, philanderer, lecher, gigolo, wolf, seducer
Examples from the Web for wolves
Contemporary Examples of wolves
Smith, the current police chief, called Lee a “scapegoat” who was “thrown to the wolves” to satisfy political critics.Florida Cops on What Ferguson Can Learn From Trayvon
November 20, 2014
“Raised by Wolves” tells the story of a traumatic car-bombing in Dublin.U2 Generously Gives Us a Lousy Album, Sucks at the Corporate Teat
September 13, 2014
And so it is Asian British women who are flung to the wolves.How Britain Made James Foley's Killer
August 27, 2014
“The dynamic of pushing people further into these wilderness areas is almost like putting out meat for the wolves,” she says.How Mexico’s Cartels Are Behind the Border Kid Crisis
July 9, 2014
I did once see a pack of wolves try to bring down a bison at decade or so ago.American Wilderness Faces the Firing Squad
July 6, 2014
Historical Examples of wolves
Women were like she wolves for greed when they had a brood of whelps.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Wolves or watch-dogs, it was hard to say from which the sheep had most to fear.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Down almost to our own day the depredations of wolves were frightful.The Roof of France
Why should a coyote, who is the least of all wolves, hunt for himself when he can find a man to follow?The Trail Book
Yes, they were wolves leaping at the throat of her father, and joying in the defeat of Lucretia.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
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)
Word Origin for wolf
Old English wulf, from Proto-Germanic *wulfaz (cf. Old Saxon wulf, Old Norse ulfr, Old Frisian, Dutch, Old High German, German wolf, Gothic wulfs), from PIE *wlqwos/*lukwos, from root *wlp-/*lup- (cf. Sanskrit vrkas, Avestan vehrka-; Albanian ulk; Old Church Slavonic vluku; Russian volcica; Lithuanian vilkas "wolf;" Old Persian Varkana- "Hyrcania," district southeast of the Caspian Sea, literally "wolf-land;" probably also Greek lykos, Latin lupus).
This manne can litle skyl ... to saue himself harmlesse from the perilous accidentes of this world, keping ye wulf from the doore (as they cal it). ["The Institution of a Gentleman," 1555]
Wolves as a symbol of lust are ancient, e.g. Roman slang lupa "whore," literally "she-wolf" (preserved in Spanish loba, Italian lupa, French louve). The equation of "wolf" and "prostitute, sexually voracious female" persisted into 12c., but by Elizabethan times wolves had become primarily symbolic of male lust. The specific use of wolf for "sexually aggressive male" first recorded 1847; wolf-whistle first attested 1952. The image of a wolf in sheep's skin is attested from c.1400. See here for a discussion of "wolf" in Indo-European history.
"eat like a wolf," 1862, from wolf (n.). Related: Wolfed; wolfing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with wolf
- wolf in sheep's clothing
- cry wolf
- keep the wolf from the door
- lone wolf