from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Like a wolf; having the qualities or traits of a wolf; savage; ravening: as, a wolfish visage; wolfish designs.
  • noun Hungry as a wolf is supposed to be; ravenous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Like a wolf; having the qualities or form of a wolf

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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  • She had often read of smiles being described as wolfish, but this was the first time she had ever seen one.

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

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

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

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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