werewolf


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were·wolf

also wer·wolf  (wâr′wo͝olf′, wîr′-, wûr′-)
n.
A person believed to have been transformed into a wolf or to be capable of assuming the form of a wolf.

[Middle English, from Old English werewulf : wer, man; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots + wulf, wolf; see wolf.]
Word History: The meaning wolf in werewolf is current English; the were is not. Werewulf, "werewolf," occurs only once in Old English, about the year 1000, in the laws of King Canute: "lest the madly ravenous werewolf too savagely tear or devour too much from a godly flock." The wer- or were- in wer(e)wulf means "man"; it is related to Latin vir with the same meaning, the source of virile and virility. Both the Germanic and the Latin words derive from Indo-European *wīro-, "man." Wer- also appears, though much disguised, in the word world. World is first recorded (written wiaralde) in Old English in a charter dated 832; the form worold occurs in Beowulf. The Old English forms come from Germanic *wer-ald-, "were-eld" or "man-age." The transfer of meaning from the age of humans to the place where they live has a parallel in the Latin word saeculum, "age, generation, lifetime," later "world."

werewolf

(ˈwɪəˌwʊlf; ˈwɛə-)
n, pl -wolves
(European Myth & Legend) a person fabled in folklore and superstition to have been changed into a wolf by being bewitched or said to be able to assume wolf form at will
[Old English werewulf, from wer man + wulf wolf; related to Old High German werwolf, Middle Dutch weerwolf]

were•wolf

or wer•wolf

(ˈwɛərˌwʊlf, ˈwɪər-, ˈwɜr-)

n., pl. -wolves (-ˌwʊlvz)
(in folklore) a person who has assumed the form of a wolf.
[before 1000; Middle English werwolf, Old English werwulf=wer man (c. Gothic wair, Latin vir) + wulf wolf; c. Middle Dutch weerwolf, Old High German werwolf]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.werewolf - a monster able to change appearance from human to wolf and back againwerewolf - a monster able to change appearance from human to wolf and back again
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
Translations
vlkodlak
varulv
lupfantomo
licántropolobizónhombre lobo
libahunt
ihmissusi
vukodlak
farkasembervérfarkas
varúlfur
weerwolf
wilkołak
pricolici
vlkolak
varulv

werewolf

[ˈwɪəwʊlf] N (werewolves (pl)) → hombre m lobo

werewolf

[ˈwɛərwʊlf ˈwɪərwʊlf] [werewolves] (pl) nloup-garou m

werewolf

nWerwolf m

werewolf

[ˈwɪəˌwʊlf] n (-wolves (pl)) → licantropo, lupo mannaro (fam)
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