wolf, baron


Baron Christian von, Wolff, Baron Christian von.
Friedrich August [free-drikh ou-goost] , 1759–1824, German classical scholar.
Hugo [hoo-goh] , 1860–1903, Austrian composer.
a male given name.
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wolf (wʊlf)
n , pl wolves
1.  See also timber wolf a predatory canine mammal, Canis lupus, which hunts in packs and was formerly widespread in North America and Eurasia but is now less commonRelated: lupine
2.  any of several similar and related canines, such as the red wolf and the coyote (prairie wolf)
3.  the fur of any such animal
4.  Tasmanian wolf another name for the thylacine
5.  a voracious, grabbing, or fiercely cruel person or thing
6.  informal a man who habitually tries to seduce women
7.  informal the destructive larva of any of various moths and beetles
8.  music Also called: wolf note
 a.  an unpleasant sound produced in some notes played on the violin, cello, etc, owing to resonant vibrations of the belly
 b.  See temperament an out-of-tune effect produced on keyboard instruments accommodated esp to the system of mean-tone temperament
9.  cry wolf to give a false alarm
10.  keep the wolf from the door to ward off starvation or privation
11.  lone wolf a person or animal who prefers to be alone
12.  throw to the wolves to abandon or deliver to destruction
13.  wolf in sheep's clothing a malicious person in a harmless or benevolent disguise
vb (often foll by down)
14.  to gulp (down)
15.  (intr) to hunt wolves
Related: lupine
[Old English wulf; related to Old High German wolf, Old Norse ulfr, Gothic wulfs, Latin lupus and vulpēs fox]

Wolf (German vɔlf)
1.  Friedrich August (ˈfriːdrɪç ˈauɡʊst). 1759--1824, German classical scholar, who suggested that the Homeric poems, esp the Iliad, are products of an oral tradition
2.  Hugo (ˈhuːɡo). 1860--1903, Austrian composer, esp of songs, including the Italienisches Liederbuch and the Spanisches Liederbuch
3.  Howlin'. See Howlin' Wolf

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wulf, from P.Gmc. *wulfaz (cf. O.S. wulf, O.N. ulfr, O.Fris., Du., O.H.G., Ger. wolf, Goth. wulfs), from PIE *wlqwos/*lukwos, from base *wlp-/*lup- (cf. Skt. vrkas, Avestan vehrka-; Albanian ulk; O.C.S. vluku; Rus. volcica; Lith. vilkas "wolf;" O.Pers. Varkana- "Hyrcania," district southeast of
the Caspian Sea, lit. "wolf-land;" probably also Gk. lykos, L. lupus). The verb meaning "eat like a wolf" is attested from 1862. Wolves as a symbol of lust are ancient, e.g. Roman slang lupa "whore," lit. "she-wolf" (preserved in Sp. loba, It. lupa, Fr. louve). The equation of "wolf" and "prostitute, sexually voracious female" persisted into 12c., but by Elizabethan times wolves had become primarily symbolic of male lust. The specific use of wolf for "sexually aggressive male" first recorded 1847; wolf-whistle first attested 1952. The image of a wolf in sheep's skin is attested from c.1400. See here for a discussion of "wolf" in I.E. history.
"This manne can litle skyl ... to saue himself harmlesse from the perilous accidentes of this world, keping ye wulf from the doore (as they cal it)." ["The Institution of a Gentleman," 1555]
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Wolf definition

Heb. zeeb, frequently referred to in Scripture as an emblem of treachery and cruelty. Jacob's prophecy, "Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf" (Gen. 49:27), represents the warlike character of that tribe (see Judg. 19-21). Isaiah represents the peace of Messiah's kingdom by the words, "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb" (Isa. 11:6). The habits of the wolf are described in Jer. 5:6; Hab. 1:8; Zeph. 3:3; Ezek. 22:27; Matt. 7:15; 10:16; Acts 20:29. Wolves are still sometimes found in Palestine, and are the dread of shepherds, as of old.

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