wolfish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wolfish devouring or craving food in great quantities "edacious vultures","a rapacious appetite","ravenous as wolves","voracious sharks"
    • adj wolfish resembling or characteristic (or considered characteristic) of a wolf "ran in wolflike packs","wolfish rapacity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Wolfish Like a wolf; having the qualities or form of a wolf; as, a wolfish visage; wolfish designs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wolfish Like a wolf; having the qualities or traits of a wolf; savage; ravening: as, a wolfish visage; wolfish designs.
    • n wolfish Hungry as a wolf is supposed to be; ravenous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Wolfish like a wolf either in form or quality: rapacious
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wulf; Ger. wolf; L. lupus; Gr. lykos.

Usage

In literature:

Max Rostoff leaned forward, his wolfish face very serious.
"Medal of Honor" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
His gray eyes bored into the wolfish face.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
Around her squatted a circle of gaunt, wolfish creatures which seemed ready to devour her and her fish alike.
"Young Alaskans in the Far North" by Emerson Hough
He crouched, quivering, his wolfish eyes fixed upon the boy's blazing blue ones.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
He loomed before her as a wolfish brute, seeking his comfort at this last cost of her pride.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
His tail was big like that of a tuna, and his head sharper, more wolfish than a barracuda.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
His thin lips spread from ear to ear in a wolfish grin.
"The End of Time" by Wallace West
The moments slipped away and the dog snuffed inquiringly at the various curious objects its wolfish eyes beheld.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
Lord Carwitchet's wolfish glance at my rubies took a new meaning.
"Masterpieces of Mystery" by Various
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In poetry:

Cut off, out-numbered, ten to one,
By wolfish German pack
Our men like heroes fought and won,
They kept the Teutons back.
"Langemark" by Abner Cosens
Fair faces crowd on Christmas night
Like seven suns a-row,
But all beyond is the wolfish wind
And the crafty feet of the snow.
"A Portrait" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
And never may your ear
Aught harsher hear or fear,
Nor wolfish night
Nor dog-toothed winter snarling
Behind your steps, my darling,
My delight!
"A Child's Battles" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Whose owl-eyes in the scraggly wood
Scared mothers to miscarry,
Drove the dogs to cringe and whine
And turned the farmboy's temper wolfish,
The housewife's, desultory.
"The Death Of Myth-Making" by Sylvia Plath
But this shall never be: to us remains
One city that has nothing of the beast,
That was not built for gross, material gains,
Sharp, wolfish power or empire’s glutted feast.
"Oxford" by C S Lewis

In news:

Operator with a wolfish grin.
Bears awake with wolfish appetite.
Dogs in Review editor Allan Reznik chats with Canadian all-breed judge Phyllis Wolfish.
A Conversation With Phyllis Wolfish.
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