General English


  • verb to eat food quickly and greedily or in gulps


  • noun a predatory male. This word has been used since the early 1900s in the USA to denote an aggressive womaniser and, in the gay and criminal subculture, an aggressive, promiscuous and/or violent male homosexual. Since the 1960s the heterosexual sense has been adopted in other English-speaking areas.

Origin & History of “wolf”

Wolf is an ancient word, which has been traced back to Indo-European *wlqwos. this, or its variant *lukwos, also produced Greek lúkos (source of English lycanthropy ‘(delusion of) turning into a wolf’ (16th c.)), Latin lupus (source of French loup, Italian lupo, and Spanish lobo, and probably also of English lupin (14th c.)), Sanskrit vrkas, Russian volk, polish wilk, Czech vlk, Serbo-Croat vuk, Lithuanian vilkas, Latvian vilks, Albanian u’lk, and Armenian gail. In prehistoric Germanic it gave *wulfaz, which has evolved into German, Dutch, and English wolf and Swedish and Danish ulv.