nounWord forms: plural ˈwereˌwolves (ˈwɪrˌwʊlvz
; wirˈwoolvzˌ; ˈwɜrˌwʊlvz
; wʉrˈwoolvzˌ; ˈwɛrˌwʊlvz
Folklore a person changed into a wolf, or one capable of assuming the form of a wolf at will; lycanthrope
: also sp. ˈwerˌwolf Word forms: plural ˈwerˌwolves
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Word origin of 'werewolf'
< OE werwulf
, man < IE *wiros
, man (prob. orig., “the strong one” < base *wei-
, to be strong > L vis
, power, vir
, man) + OE wulf