adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. suggestive of a wolf <
wolfish mongrel dogs — Hoffman Birney
a wolfish and withdrawn youth — Marshall Frady
b. befitting or characteristic of a wolf <
a wolfish appetite
2. of or relating to wolves • wolfishly adverbwolfishness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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