wolf

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
  1. noun
    any of various predatory carnivorous canine mammals of North America and Eurasia that usually hunt in packs
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    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
    coydog
    offspring of a coyote and a dog
    type of:
    canid, canine
    any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles
  2. noun
    a cruelly rapacious person
    synonyms: beast, brute, savage, wildcat
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    aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker
    someone who attacks
  3. noun
    a man who is aggressive in making amorous advances to women
    synonyms: masher, skirt chaser, woman chaser
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    philanderer, womaniser, womanizer
    a man who likes many women and has short sexual relationships with them
  4. verb
    eat hastily
    “The teenager wolfed down the pizza”
    synonyms: wolf down
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    eat
    take in solid food
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