wolven

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wolven, *wilven, *wulven, perhaps continuing Old English wylfen (wolfish), from Proto-West Germanic *wulfīn (wolfish), equivalent to wolf +‎ -en. Piecewise doublet of lupine, wolf being a cognate of Latin lupus and -en being a doublet of -ine.

Adjective[edit]

wolven (comparative more wolven, superlative most wolven)

  1. Of or pertaining to wolves; wolflike; wolfish.
    • 2004, Marilyn Mattie Brahen, Claiming Her:
      But the shepherd does protect the sheep from the wolf: therefore, few fall to feed the wolven cubs, the remaining sheep living long to rear more lambs and provide us with wool.
    • 2009, Kate Douglas, Wolf Tales VIII:
      Not a very wolven gesture, but somehow apropos.
    • 2011, Gill McKnight, Indigo Moon:
      “What I mean is, this marking you and hiding you away, it's very wolven. [...]"

Noun[edit]

wolven (plural wolven)

  1. One who is wolflike in appearance or character.

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /ˈʋɔlvə(n)/
  • Rhymes: -ɔlvən

Noun[edit]

wolven

  1. Plural form of wolf

West Frisian[edit]

Noun[edit]

wolven

  1. plural of wolf