American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to wolves.
- adj. Suggestive of or resembling a wolf.
- adj. Fierce or rapacious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Like a wolf; having the qualities or traits of a wolf; savage; ravening: as, a wolfish visage; wolfish designs.
- n. Hungry as a wolf is supposed to be; ravenous.
- adj. Pertaining to wolves.
- adj. Akin to the characteristics or habits of a wolf; lupine.
- adj. Fierce; savage; menacing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. devouring or craving food in great quantities
- adj. resembling or characteristic (or considered characteristic) of a wolf
“They walked down the block-long sidewalk, past the warehouse doors and the long teams of waiting huskies curled up in wolfish comfort in the snow.”
“She had often read of smiles being described as wolfish, but this was the first time she had ever seen one.”
“She recalled the wolfish gleam that flashed into Bethune's eyes, and the malicious hatred expressed in his insinuations and accusations against these men.”
“Plead not for me, sir," said William Hinkley, glaring upon Stevens with something of that expression which in western parlance is called wolfish, "I scorn and spurn your interference.”
“He looked very tdridly, like some kind of wolfish grandfather figure.”
“Nangi-san was vice-minister of MITI," Sato said with a kind of wolfish smile, "until seven years ago when, as a ronin, he helped found Daimyo and, quite directly of course, Sato Petrochemicals.”
“_ Doubtless the fraudulent or utterly reckless debtor is, in the eye of reason, the first "wolfish" assailant of his brother.”
“I've seen him polish off four pounds of steak and mealy potatoes and then look round kind of wolfish, as much as to ask when dinner was going to begin!”
“It was the most terrible war-shriek I had heard: a kind of wolfish baying that called up an image of all the dogs of war simultaneously tugging at their leashes.”
“The Oscar-winning Frank Loesser tune, which became a jazz and pop standard, is often rendered by a wolfish male and demure woman.”
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