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wolf

 (wo͝olf)
n. pl. wolves (wo͝olvz)
1.
a. Any of several carnivorous mammals of the genus Canis, especially the gray wolf of northern regions, that typically live and hunt in packs.
b. The fur of such an animal.
c. Any of various similar or related mammals, such as the hyena.
2. The destructive larva of any of various moths, beetles, or flies.
3. One that is regarded as predatory, rapacious, and fierce.
4. Slang A man who habitually makes aggressive sexual advances to women.
5. Music
a. A harshness in some tones of a bowed stringed instrument produced by defective vibration.
b. Dissonance in perfect fifths on a keyboard instrument tuned to a system of unequal temperament.
tr.v. wolfed, wolf·ing, wolfs
To eat greedily or voraciously: "The town's big shots were ... wolfing down the buffet" (Ralph Ellison).
Idioms:
wolf at the door
Creditors or a creditor.
wolf in sheep's clothing
One who feigns congeniality while actually holding malevolent intentions.

[Middle English, from Old English wulf; see wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots.]

wolf

(wʊlf)
n, pl wolves (wʊlvz)
1. (Animals) a predatory canine mammal, Canis lupus, which hunts in packs and was formerly widespread in North America and Eurasia but is now less common. See also timber wolf
2. (Animals) any of several similar and related canines, such as the red wolf and the coyote (prairie wolf)
3. (Textiles) the fur of any such animal
4. (Animals) Tasmanian wolf another name for the thylacine
5. a voracious, grabbing, or fiercely cruel person or thing
6. informal a man who habitually tries to seduce women
7. (Zoology) informal the destructive larva of any of various moths and beetles
8. (Music, other) music
a. an unpleasant sound produced in some notes played on the violin, cello, etc, owing to resonant vibrations of the belly
b. an out-of-tune effect produced on keyboard instruments accommodated esp to the system of mean-tone temperament. See temperament4
9. cry wolf to give a false alarm
10. keep the wolf from the door to ward off starvation or privation
11. lone wolf a person or animal who prefers to be alone
12. throw to the wolves to abandon or deliver to destruction
13. wolf in sheep's clothing a malicious person in a harmless or benevolent disguise
vb
14. (Physiology) (often foll by: down) to gulp (down)
15. (Hunting) (intr) to hunt wolves
[Old English wulf; related to Old High German wolf, Old Norse ulfr, Gothic wulfs, Latin lupus and vulpēs fox]
ˈwolfish adj
ˈwolfˌlike adj

Wolf

(German vɔlf)
n
1. (Biography) Friedrich August (ˈfriːdrɪç ˈauɡʊst). 1759–1824, German classical scholar, who suggested that the Homeric poems, esp the Iliad, are products of an oral tradition
2. (Biography) Hugo (ˈhuːɡo). 1860–1903, Austrian composer, esp of songs, including the Italienisches Liederbuch and the Spanisches Liederbuch
3. (Biography) Howlin'. See Howlin' Wolf

wolf

(wʊlf)

n., pl. wolves (wo͝olvz),
v. n.
1. any of several carnivorous mammals of the genus Canus, esp. the gray wolf, Canis lupus, formerly common throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
2. any of several other large canids, as the maned wolf.
3. the fur of such an animal.
4. any of various unrelated wolflike animals, as the thylacine.
5. a cruelly rapacious person.
6. a man who makes amorous advances to many women.
7. a pitch of unstable quality or loudness sometimes occurring in a bowed musical instrument.
v.t.
8. to devour voraciously (often fol. by down): to wolf one's food.
v.i.
9. to hunt for wolves.
Idioms:
1. cry wolf, to give a false alarm.
2. keep the wolf from the door, to avert poverty or starvation.
3. wolf in sheep's clothing, a person who conceals evil beneath an innocent exterior.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English wulf, c. Old Saxon wulf, Old High German wolf, Old Norse ulfr, Gothic wulfs, Polish wilk, Skt vṛka; akin to Latin lupus, Greek lýkos]
wolf′like`, adj.

Wolf

(vɔlf)

n.
1. Friedrich August, 1759–1824, German classical scholar.
2. Hugo, 1860–1903, Austrian composer.

wolf


Past participle: wolfed
Gerund: wolfing

Imperative
wolf
wolf
Present
I wolf
you wolf
he/she/it wolfs
we wolf
you wolf
they wolf
Preterite
I wolfed
you wolfed
he/she/it wolfed
we wolfed
you wolfed
they wolfed
Present Continuous
I am wolfing
you are wolfing
he/she/it is wolfing
we are wolfing
you are wolfing
they are wolfing
Present Perfect
I have wolfed
you have wolfed
he/she/it has wolfed
we have wolfed
you have wolfed
they have wolfed
Past Continuous
I was wolfing
you were wolfing
he/she/it was wolfing
we were wolfing
you were wolfing
they were wolfing
Past Perfect
I had wolfed
you had wolfed
he/she/it had wolfed
we had wolfed
you had wolfed
they had wolfed
Future
I will wolf
you will wolf
he/she/it will wolf
we will wolf
you will wolf
they will wolf
Future Perfect
I will have wolfed
you will have wolfed
he/she/it will have wolfed
we will have wolfed
you will have wolfed
they will have wolfed
Future Continuous
I will be wolfing
you will be wolfing
he/she/it will be wolfing
we will be wolfing
you will be wolfing
they will be wolfing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wolfing
you have been wolfing
he/she/it has been wolfing
we have been wolfing
you have been wolfing
they have been wolfing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wolfing
you will have been wolfing
he/she/it will have been wolfing
we will have been wolfing
you will have been wolfing
they will have been wolfing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wolfing
you had been wolfing
he/she/it had been wolfing
we had been wolfing
you had been wolfing
they had been wolfing
Conditional
I would wolf
you would wolf
he/she/it would wolf
we would wolf
you would wolf
they would wolf
Past Conditional
I would have wolfed
you would have wolfed
he/she/it would have wolfed
we would have wolfed
you would have wolfed
they would have wolfed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wolf - any of various predatory carnivorous canine mammals of North America and Eurasia that usually hunt in packs
wolf cub, wolf pup - a young wolf
canid, canine - any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles
Canis, genus Canis - type genus of the Canidae: domestic and wild dogs; wolves; jackals
Canis lupus, gray wolf, grey wolf, timber wolf - a wolf with a brindled grey coat living in forested northern regions of North America
Arctic wolf, Canis lupus tundrarum, white wolf - wolf of Arctic North America having white fur and a black-tipped tail
Canis niger, Canis rufus, maned wolf, red wolf - reddish-grey wolf of southwestern North America
brush wolf, Canis latrans, coyote, prairie wolf - small wolf native to western North America
2.wolf - Austrian composer (1860-1903)Wolf - Austrian composer (1860-1903)  
3.Wolf - German classical scholar who claimed that the Iliad and Odyssey were composed by several authors (1759-1824)
4.wolf - a man who is aggressive in making amorous advances to womenwolf - a man who is aggressive in making amorous advances to women
philanderer, womaniser, womanizer - a man who likes many women and has short sexual relationships with them
5.wolf - a cruelly rapacious personwolf - a cruelly rapacious person    
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker - someone who attacks
Verb1.wolf - eat hastily; "The teenager wolfed down the pizza"
eat - take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"

wolf

verb
1. (often with down) devour, stuff, bolt, cram, hoover (informal), scoff (slang), gulp, gobble, pack away (informal), gorge on, gollop I was in the changing-room wolfing down tea and sandwiches.
devour bite, peck, nip, nibble, pick at
noun
1. (Informal) womanizer, seducer, Don Juan, Casanova, philanderer, Lothario, lecher, lady-killer, lech or letch (informal) My grandfather is still an old wolf.
Related words
adjective lupine
female bitch
young cub, whelp
collective nouns pack, rout, herd

wolf

noun
Slang. A man who philanders:
Slang: lady-killer.
Idioms: man on the make, skirt chaser.
verb
To swallow (food or drink) greedily or rapidly in large amounts:
Translations
ذِئْبيَلْتَهِم، يأكُل بِنَهَم
vlk
ulvsluge
lupo
huntsusi
susiahmiahotkiahukka
vuk
farkas
serigala
úlfurháma í sig
オオカミ
늑대
devorare
vilkasvilkėatsiginti nuo alkioatsiginti nuo skurdosušvilpimas
vilksaprītrīt
wilkbasiorwaderawilczyca
luplupoaică
vlk
volk
vargulv
สุนัขป่า
kurtaç kurt gibi yemek
chó sóisói

wolf

[wʊlf]
A. N (wolves (pl)) [wʊlvz]
1. (= animal) → lobo m
lone wolf (fig) → lobo m solitario
to cry wolfdar una falsa alarma
to keep the wolf from the doordefenderse de or contra la miseria
a wolf in sheep's clothingun lobo disfrazado de cordero
to throw sb to the wolvesarrojar a algn a los lobos
2. (= womanizer) → tenorio m
B. VT (also wolf down) → zamparse, engullir
C. CPD wolf whistle Nsilbido m de admiración

wolf

[ˈwʊlf]
n [wolves] [ˈwʊlvz] (pl) → loup m
to cry wolf → crier au loup
vt (also wolf down) → engloutir

wolf

n pl <wolves>
Wolf m
(fig inf: = womanizer) → Don Juan m
(phrases) a wolf in sheep’s clothingein Wolf im Schafspelz; to cry wolfblinden Alarm schlagen; to keep the wolf from the doorsich über Wasser halten; to throw somebody to the wolvesjdn den Wölfen zum Fraß vorwerfen ? lone
vt (inf: also wolf down) foodhinunterschlingen

wolf

:
wolf cub
n (lit)Wolfsjunge(s) nt; (Brit: = boy scout) → Wölfling m
wolfhound
nWolfshund m

wolf

[wʊlf]
1. n (wolves (pl)) [wʊlvz]
a.lupo (fig) a wolf in sheep's clothingun lupo in veste di agnello
to keep the wolf from the door → sbarcare il lunario
to cry wolf → gridare al lupo
b. (fig) (fam) (womanizer) → mandrillo, drago
2. vt (also wolf down) → divorare

wolf

(wulf) plural wolves (wulvz) noun
a type of wild animal of the dog family, usually found hunting in packs.
verb
to eat greedily. He wolfed (down) his breakfast and hurried out.
ˈwolf-cub noun
1. a young wolf.
2. an old name for a Cub Scout.
ˈwolf-whistle noun
a whistle impolitely made by a man to express his admiration of a woman's appearance.
keep the wolf from the door
to keep away hunger or want.

wolf

ذِئْب vlk ulv Wolf λύκος lobo susi loup vuk lupo オオカミ 늑대 wolf ulv wilk lobo волк varg สุนัขป่า kurt chó sói