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EnglishEdit

 
A wolf.

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English wolf, from Old English wulf, ƿulf, from Proto-Germanic *wulfaz (compare Saterland Frisian Wulf, West Frisian and Dutch wolf, German Wolf, Norwegian and Danish ulv), from Proto-Indo-European *wĺ̥kʷos; akin to Sanskrit वृक (vṛka), Persian گرگ (gorg), Lithuanian vilkas, Russian волк (volk), Albanian ujk, Latin lupus, Greek λύκος (lýkos), Tocharian B walkwe.

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NounEdit

wolf (plural wolves)

  1. The gray wolf, specifically all subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus) that are not dingoes or dogs.
  2. A man who makes amorous advances on many women.
  3. (music) A wolf tone or wolf note.
  4. One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvae of several species of beetles and grain moths.
    the bee wolf
  5. (figuratively) Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person or thing; especially, want; starvation.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      [] Churchill, my dear fellow, we have such greedy sharks, and wolves in lamb's clothing. Oh, dear, there's so much to tell you, so many warnings to give you, but all that must be postponed for the moment.”
    They toiled hard to keep the wolf from the door.
  6. A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
  7. (obsolete) An eating ulcer or sore. See lupus.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Jeremy Taylor, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      If God should send a cancer upon thy face, or a wolf into thy side.
  8. A willying machine.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for wolf in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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wolf (third-person singular simple present wolfs, present participle wolfing, simple past and past participle wolfed)

  1. (transitive) To devour; to gobble; to eat (something) voraciously.
    • 1987, James Ellroy, The Black Dahlia:
      After a wolfed burger dinner, I called the night number at Administrative Vice and inquired about known lesbian gathering places.
    • 2013, Neil Martin, Collected Stories of the Sea:
      Vicars seated himself and began wolfing a sandwich.

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Middle DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch *wulf, *wolf, from Proto-Germanic *wulfaz, from Proto-Indo-European *wĺ̥kʷos.

NounEdit

wolf m

  1. wolf, grey wolf

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Further readingEdit

  • wolf (I)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • wolf (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Middle EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English wulf, from Proto-Germanic *wulfaz, from Proto-Indo-European *wĺ̥kʷos.

NounEdit

wolf (plural wolves, diminutive wolfy, wolfie)

  1. wolf

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Middle High GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German wolf, from Proto-Germanic *wulfaz, from Proto-Indo-European *wĺ̥kʷos.

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wolf m

  1. wolf

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Old High GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *wulfaz.

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wolf m (plural wolfa)

  1. wolf

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West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian wolf, from Proto-Germanic *wulfaz, from Proto-Indo-European *wĺ̥kʷos. Compare Dutch and English wolf, German Wolf, Danish ulv.

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wolf c (plural wolven)

  1. wolf