I. noun (plural wolves) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wulf; akin to Old High German wolf wolf, Latin lupus, Greek lykos Date: before 12th century 1. plural also wolf a. any of several large predatory canids (genus Canis) that live and hunt in packs and resemble the related dogs; especially gray wolf — compare coyote, jackal b. the fur of a wolf 2. a. (1) a fierce, rapacious, or destructive person (2) a man forward, direct, and zealous in amatory attentions to women b. dire poverty ; starvation <
keep the wolf from the door
c. the maggot of a warble fly 3. [German; from the howling sound] a. (1) dissonance in some chords on organs, pianos, or other instruments with fixed tones tuned by unequal temperament (2) an instance of such dissonance b. a harshness due to faulty vibration in various tones in a bowed instrument • wolflike adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1862 to eat greedily ; devour

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