from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to wolves.
  • adj. Suggestive of or resembling a wolf.
  • adj. Fierce or rapacious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to wolves.
  • adj. Akin to the characteristics or habits of a wolf; lupine.
  • adj. Fierce; savage; menacing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a wolf; having the qualities or form of a wolf

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. devouring or craving food in great quantities
  • adj. resembling or characteristic (or considered characteristic) of a wolf


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  • 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.

    A Time to Dream

  • She recalled the wolfish gleam that flashed into Bethune's eyes, and the malicious hatred expressed in his insinuations and accusations against these men.

    The Gold Girl

  • "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."

    Charlemont; Or, the Pride of the Village. a Tale of Kentucky

  • He looked very tdridly, like some kind of wolfish grandfather figure.

    In Alien Hands

  • "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."

    The Miko

  • _ Doubtless the fraudulent or utterly reckless debtor is, in the eye of reason, the first "wolfish" assailant of his brother.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845

  • 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!

    Indiscretions of Archie

  • 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.

    Fighting France

  • The Oscar-winning Frank Loesser tune, which became a jazz and pop standard, is often rendered by a wolfish male and demure woman.

    Comedienne Betty Garrett, '40s co-star of Frank Sinatra, dies at 91


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  • "In my spare time I knit sweaters for salmon", said Tom wolfishly.

    July 22, 2008