• WordNet 3.6
    • v wolf eat hastily "The teenager wolfed down the pizza"
    • n wolf any of various predatory carnivorous canine mammals of North America and Eurasia that usually hunt in packs
    • n wolf a cruelly rapacious person
    • n wolf a man who is aggressive in making amorous advances to women
    • n Wolf German classical scholar who claimed that the Iliad and Odyssey were composed by several authors (1759-1824)
    • n Wolf Austrian composer (1860-1903)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Ungrateful Wolf The Ungrateful Wolf
The witch and the wolf running The witch and the wolf running
Wolfe's Device Wolfe's Device
Dutches wolfs down the pie Dutches wolfs down the pie
James Wolfe James Wolfe

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All dogs are the descendant of the wolf. These wolves lived in eastern Asia about 15,000 years ago
    • Wolf A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
    • Wolf (Textile Manuf) A willying machine.
    • Wolf An eating ulcer or sore. Cf. Lupus. "If God should send a cancer upon thy face, or a wolf into thy side."
    • Wolf (Zoöl) Any one of several species of wild and savage carnivores belonging to the genus Canis and closely allied to the common dog. The best-known and most destructive species are the European wolf (Canis lupus), the American gray, or timber, wolf (Canis occidentalis), and the prairie wolf, or coyote. Wolves often hunt in packs, and may thus attack large animals and even man.
    • Wolf Fig.: Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person or thing; especially, want; starvation; as, they toiled hard to keep the wolf from the door.
    • Wolf (Mus) In bowed instruments, a harshness due to defective vibration in certain notes of the scale.
    • Wolf (Zoöl) One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvæ of several species of beetles and grain moths; as, the bee wolf .
    • Wolf (Mus) The harsh, howling sound of some of the chords on an organ or piano tuned by unequal temperament.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: David Wolf was the first person to cast an absentee ballot from space. In November 1997, he cast a vote via e-mail for the mayor of Houston while onboard the space station Mir.
    • n wolf A digitigrade carnivorous canine quadruped, Cants lupus, of the lupine or thoöid series of Canidæ; hence, some similar animal. The common wolf of Europe, etc., is yellowish or fulvous-gray, with harsh strong hair, erect pointed ears, and the tail straight or nearly so. The height at the shoulder is from 27 to 29 inches. Wolves are swift of foot, crafty, and rapacious, and destructive enemies to the sheep-cote and farm yard; they associate in packs to hunt the larger quadrupeds, as the deer, the elk, etc. When hard pressed with hunger these packs not infrequently attack isolated travelers, and have been known even to enter villages and carry off children. In general, however, wolves are cowardly and stealthy, approaching sheepfolds and farm-buildings only at dead of night, making a rapid retreat if in the least disturbed by a dog or a man, and exhibiting great cunning in the avoidance of traps. Wolves are still numerous in some parts of Europe, as France, Hungary, Spain, Turkey, and Russia; they probably ceased to exist in England about the end of the fifteenth century, and in Scotland in the first part of the eighteenth century; the latter date probably marks also the disappearance of wolves in Ireland. The wolves of North America are of two very distinct species. One of these is scarcely different from the European, but is generally regarded as a variety, under the name of C. l. occidentalis. The usual color is a grizzled gray, but it sports in many colors, as reddish and blackish. Most strains of the American wolf are larger and stouter than those of Europe. The gray wolf is also called the buffalo-wolf, from its former abundance in the buffalo-range, and timber-wolf, as distinguished from the prairie-wolf or coyote, Canislatrans, a much smaller and very different animal, which lives chiefly in open country, in burrows in the ground, and in some respects resembles the jackal. (See coyote, with cut.) Yet other wolves, of rather numerous species, inhabit most parts of the world; some grade into jackals (see Thous), others toward foxes (see fox-wolf); and most of them interbreed easily with some varieties of the dog of the countries they respectively inhabit, the dog itself being a composite of a mixed wolf ancestry (see wolf-dog, 2).
    • n wolf A person noted for ravenousness, cruelty, cunning, or the like: used in opprobrium.
    • n wolf In entomology:
    • n wolf A small naked caterpillar, the larva of Tinea granella, the wolf-moth, which infests granaries.
    • n wolf The larva of a bot-fly; a warble.
    • n wolf A tuberculous excrescence which rapidly eats away the flesh. See lupus, 3.
    • n wolf In music:
    • n wolf The harsh discord heard in certain chords of keyboard-instruments, especially the organ, when tuned on some system of unequal temperament. In the mean-tone system, as usually applied, five intervals in each octave were discordant—namely, G♯-Eь, B-Eь F♯-Bь, C♯-F, and G♯-C. Under the modern system of equal temperament, the wolf is evenly distributed, and so practically unnoticed.
    • n wolf A chord or interval in which such a discord appears.
    • n wolf In instruments of the viol class, a discordant or false vibration in a string when stopped at a certain point, usually due to a defect in the structure or adjustment of the instrument. Sometimes called wolf-note.
    • n wolf A wooden fence placed across a ditch in the corner of a field, to prevent cattle from straying into another field by means of the ditch.
    • n wolf Same as willow.
    • wolf To hunt for wolves.
    • wolf To devour ravenously: as, to wolf down food.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Food is so scarce in the Arctic, that wolves don't waste any part of their meals. A wolf will eat every part of an arctic hare, including the skin, fur, and bones.
    • n Wolf woolf the common name of certain species of the genus Canis—including the ravenous Common Wolf, the Abyssinian Wolf, the Antarctic Wolf, the Maned Wolf, and the Prairie Wolf or Coyote: anything very ravenous: a greedy and cunning person: :
    • v.i Wolf to hunt for wolves
    • v.t Wolf (slang) to devour ravenously
    • n Wolf woolf (obs.) a tuberculous excrescence
    • n Wolf woolf (mus.) a harsh discord heard in the organ, &c.
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  • Proverb
    “The wolf changes his coat, but not his disposition.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “People always make the wolf more formidable than he is.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “There's always the hyena of morality at the garden gate, and the real wolf at the end of the street.”
  • Bill Anderson
    Bill Anderson
    “If the wolf had ever come to our back door, he'd have had to bring a picnic lunch.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.”
  • Walter Brower
    Walter Brower
    “The wolf was sick, he vowed a monk to be: But when he got well, a wolf once more was he.”


Cry wolf - If someone cries wolf, they raise a false alarm about something.
Keep the wolf at bay - If you keep the wolf at bay, you make enough money to avoid going hungry or falling heavily into debt.
Keep the wolf from the door - If you keep the wolf from the door, you have enough money for food and the basic essentials.
Lone wolf - A lone wolf is a person who prefers to do things on their own or without help from other people.
Wolf in sheep's clothing - A wolf in sheep's clothing is something dangerous that looks quite safe and innocent.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wolf, wulf, AS. wulf,; akin to OS. wulf, D. & G. wolf, Icel. ūlfr, Sw. ulf, Dan. ulv, Goth. wulfs, Lith. vilkas, Russ. volk', L. lupus, Gr. ly`kos, Skr. vṛka,; also to Gr. "e`lkein to draw, drag, tear in pieces. √286. Cf. Lupine (a.) Lyceum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wulf; Ger. wolf; L. lupus; Gr. lykos.


In literature:

Very well the dark wolf knew the meaning of the halt, the turn, the change in his fellows' eyes.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Wolf say: 'W'at you think!
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
But Ailbe did not want to leave his forest home, the wolf-den, and his little wolf-brothers.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
Wolfe accompanied this expedition as brigadier under Major-General Amherst.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
So with the story of how the Rabbit makes a riding-horse of the Fox or the Wolf.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Then comes the claim of the wolf as the true original of the dog.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
Even though he was a wolf, there were moments when his eyes were tender for her.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
When the children put on their wolf-skin suits, they looked like a pack of wolves.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
It has wolf's ears and a wolf's mouth.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
A wolf saw a man at a distance; then the wolf heard a bang, and immediately felt a sharp pain in his body.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh

In poetry:

It is Eachan, who has wolf-like
Seized upon a helpless prey!
Fearlessly and fast he bears him
Where a cliff o'erhangs the bay.
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
'Twas not the wolf, 'twas not the deer
That came with pause and bound;
A creature stood above the pair
Ap Gwillam's Irish hound
"Imitation of a Welsh Poem" by Padraic Colum
Though I am weak and Satan strong,
And often to assault me tries;
When Jesus is my shield and song,
Abashed the wolf before me flies.
"The Believer's Safety (II)" by John Newton
Then, as a wolf at noontide roams,
While gathering tempests load the sky
Hunger shall break into men's homes,
And deeply roll the rising cry:
"Bread" by Ernest Jones
My Shepherd, who my soul didst keep
Last night, whilst I was fast asleep,
From the grim wolf, beneath thy wing —
Thy praises, from my heart, I'll sing!
"Thanks To Christ For Protection And Rest" by Rees Prichard
A poor little lad was Aladdin!
His mother was wretchedly poor;
A widow, who scarce ever had in
Her cupboard enough of a store
To frighten the wolf from the door.
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Self-described wolf woman severed lost dog's head.
Funds drying up for Michigan's wolf predation program.
AP File Photo A federal program to help manage the wolf population in three Midwest states, including Michigan, is ending in July.
Two players from the Big East made their list: Kendall Reyes of UConn and Derek Wolfe of Cincinnati.
Here's a song clip from Jimmy Wolf's "I've Been Driftin' from Door to Door".
Howlin' Wolf: A Blues Legend With An Earthy Sound.
How Dick Wolf Scored Rahm Emanuel.
There is a part of Wolf Creek, between Foley and Elberta, that seems to have so much fish the creek just can't hold them all.
Michelle Kosilek and US District Judge Mark Wolf.
ZBy Scott Wolf, Staff Writer.
Frontman Yoni Wolf offers an explanation for his fourth album's plentiful corpse visions and masturbation scenes: "You gotta yell something out you'd never tell nobody".
Aby Wolf has been the Twin Cities' secret weapon of harmony for years now.
Gray wolf back from near extinction .
Wolf & Ricky Take A Farm Animal Trick Or Treating.
Montana Hunter Tags Giant Wolf.

In science:

Matzner & McKee determined that a compact Wolf-Rayet star would most likely satisfy this criterion.
Trans-Relativistic Supernovae, Circumstellar Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Supernova 1998bw
The only additional element that must be included is a relatively dense circumstellar wind, but one within the range observed around Wolf-Rayet stars.
Trans-Relativistic Supernovae, Circumstellar Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Supernova 1998bw
This produces a socalled integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect and modifies the Cℓ spectrum at low multipoles (ℓ <∼ 20) as a consequence of the fact that photons exchange energy with time-varying gravitational potentials.
Cosmological parameters estimation in the Quintessence Paradigm
Sachs-Wolfe effect can be very different (Caldwell et al.
Cosmological parameters estimation in the Quintessence Paradigm
GRBs, we consider the range of wind densities around Wolf-Rayet stars in § 4.
The Diversity of Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Surroundings of Massive Stars