• (RP) IPA: /wʊlf/
    • (GA) IPA: /wʊlf/, [wʊ̠ɫf], [wɫ̩f]
    • (New Zealand) IPA: /wʊlf/, [wʊwf]
  • enPR: wo͝of, IPA: /wʊf/ (now nonstandard)
  • enPR: wŭlf, IPA: /wʌlf/ (obsolete)

wolf (plural wolves)

  1. The gray wolf, specifically all subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus) that are not dingoes or dogs.
    Check out my pet. He's a wolf.
  2. A man who makes amorous advances to many women.
  3. (music) A wolf tone or wolf note.
    The soft violin solo was marred by persistent wolves.
  4. (figurative) Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person or thing; especially, want; starvation.
    They toiled hard to keep the wolf from the door.
    the bee wolf
  5. One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvae of several species of beetles and grain moths.
  6. A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
  7. (obsolete) An eating ulcer or sore. See lupus.
    • If God should send a cancer upon thy face, or a wolf into thy side
  8. A willying machine.
  • French: loup
  • German: Wolf, Meister Graubein (esp. in fables & fairy tales)
  • Italian: lupo
  • Portuguese: lobo
  • Russian: волк
  • Spanish: lobo
Translations Translations Verb

wolf (wolfs, present participle wolfing; past wolfed, past participle wolfed)

  1. (transitive) To devour; to gobble; to eat (something) voraciously.
  2. (intransitive, slang) To make amorous advances to many women; to hit on women; to cruise for sex.
  3. (intransitive) To hunt for wolves.
Synonyms Translations
Proper noun
  1. The constellation Lupus.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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