A wolf is a larger, wilder relative of your pet dog. Like your cocker spaniel, a wolf is a canine. Unlike your cocker spaniel, a wolf isn't nice to cuddle with during a thunderstorm.

You can find wolves in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America, although there are significantly fewer of them today than there once were. Conservation measures have steadied the wolf population in remote and rural areas since the 1970s, however, so they're no longer considered endangered. Wolves rarely attack humans, unless they're sick with rabies. As a verb, to wolf means to eat very fast — in other words, to eat as voraciously as a wolf.

Definitions of wolf

n any of various predatory carnivorous canine mammals of North America and Eurasia that usually hunt in packs

show 6 types...
hide 6 types...
wolf cub, wolf pup
a young wolf
Canis lupus, gray wolf, grey wolf, timber wolf
a wolf with a brindled grey coat living in forested northern regions of North America
Arctic wolf, Canis lupus tundrarum, white wolf
wolf of Arctic North America having white fur and a black-tipped tail
Canis niger, Canis rufus, maned wolf, red wolf
reddish-grey wolf of southwestern North America
Canis latrans, brush wolf, coyote, prairie wolf
small wolf native to western North America
offspring of a coyote and a dog
Type of:
canid, canine
any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles

n a cruelly rapacious person

beast, brute, savage, wildcat
Type of:
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker
someone who attacks

n a man who is aggressive in making amorous advances to women

masher, skirt chaser, woman chaser
Type of:
philanderer, womaniser, womanizer
a man who likes many women and has short sexual relationships with them

v eat hastily

“The teenager wolfed down the pizza”
wolf down
Type of:
take in solid food

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.