wolfishly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

wolfish +‎ -ly

Adverb[edit]

wolfishly (comparative more wolfishly, superlative most wolfishly)

  1. In a wolfish way.
    • 1847, Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, Chapter 1,[1]
      I [] filled up an interval of silence by attempting to caress the canine mother, who had left her nursery, and was sneaking wolfishly to the back of my legs, her lip curled up, and her white teeth watering for a snatch.
    • 1900, Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, Chapter 38,[2]
      He was sure to get provisions—bullocks—rice—sweet-potatoes. The sorry gang licked their chops. A cargo of produce for the schooner perhaps could be extorted—and, who knows?—some real ringing coined money! Some of these chiefs and village headmen can be made to part freely. He told me he would have roasted their toes rather than be baulked. I believe him. His men believed him too. They didn’t cheer aloud, being a dumb pack, but made ready wolfishly.
    • 1930, Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, Chapter 2,[3]
      Spade grinned wolfishly, showing the edges of teeth far back in his jaw.
    • 1939, John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, Penguin, 1976, Chapter 26, p. 418,[4]
      They took the plates. They ate silently, wolfishly, and wiped up the grease with the bread.