A wolf.



  • Canis lupus; the largest wild member of the canine subfamily.
  • A man who makes amorous advances to many women.
  • A wolf tone or wolf note.
  • Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person or thing; especially, want; starvation.
  • One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvae of several species of beetles and grain moths.
  • A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
  • A wolf spider.
  • An eating ulcer or sore. See lupus.
  • A willying machine, to cleanse wool or willow.


  • To devour; to gobble; to eat (something) voraciously.
  • To make amorous advances to many women; to hit on women; to cruise for sex.
  • To hunt for wolves.


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

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