Meaning of “wolf” in the English Dictionary

"wolf" in British English

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wolfnoun

uk /wʊlf/ us /wʊlf/ plural wolves

wolf noun (ANIMAL)

B2 [ C ] a wild animal of the dog family:

Wolves hunt in groups known as packs.
We could hear wolves howling in the distance.

More examples

  • In the silence of the night, a lone wolf howled.
  • She heard the wind whistling through the trees and the howl of a distant wolf.

wolf noun (MAN)

[ C usually singular ] old-fashioned disapproving a man who often tries to have sex with the women he meets:

He had the reputation of being a bit of a wolf.

wolfverb [ T ]

uk /wʊlf/ us /wʊlf/ informal

(Definition of “wolf” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wolf" in American English

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wolfnoun [ C ]

us /wʊlf/ plural wolves /wʊlvz/

wolf noun [ C ] (ANIMAL)

a wild animal of the dog family

wolfverb [ T ]

us /wʊlf/ infml

wolf verb [ T ] (EAT)

to eat a large amount of food very quickly:

He wolfed down lunch in five minutes.

(Definition of “wolf” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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