werewolf

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English werwolf, from Old English werwulf ‎(werewoulf, literally man-wolf), from Proto-Germanic *werawulfaz ‎(wolf-man), from Proto-Germanic elements *weraz ‎(man) + Proto-Germanic *wulfaz ‎(wolf). Equivalent to wer +‎ wolf or were- +‎ wolf. Cognate with Dutch weerwolf ‎(werewolf), Low German Warwulf, German Werwolf ‎(werewolf), Danish varulv ‎(werewolf), Swedish varulv ‎(werewolf). Compare also French garou, in loup-garou ‎(werewolf), French dialectal gairou, varou ‎(werewolf), Medieval Latin gerulphus, garulphus ‎(werewolf) (< Germanic).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɛːwʊlf/, /ˈwɪəwʊlf/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɛərwʊlf/, /ˈwɪərwʊlf/, /ˈwɜrwʊlf/

Noun[edit]

werewolf ‎(plural werewolves)

  1. (mythology) A person who is transformed or can transform into a wolf or a wolflike human, often said to transform during a full moon.

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