Definition of lone wolf in English:

lone wolf


  • 1A very independent or solitary person.

    ‘he's a lone wolf; that's what made him a successful foreign correspondent’
    • ‘It was nice to help out a pal, but life is far simpler as a lone wolf.’
    • ‘Some players prefer to operate as a lone wolf, others work well in small squads of two or three people, and still others would prefer to work in a large group.’
    • ‘This is not quite the same as saying she is a lone wolf.’
    • ‘They tend to be lone wolves who suffer marginalisation, branded (at best) eccentrics, accused (at worst) of being traitors in order to demean and degrade what they write and broadcast.’
    • ‘‘I wouldn't deny that I like being a lone wolf,’ he says.’
    • ‘Germany's Free Democratic Party is the lone wolf in the defense of market capitalism.’
    • ‘This lone wolf mostly takes his own advice to heart.’
    • ‘According to Myrtle, George was something of a lone wolf.’
    • ‘On the other side, there stands the lone wolf: angry, powerful, violent, and unpredictable.’
    • ‘In all these endeavors, Franklin, 58, was hardly acting as a lone wolf.’
    • ‘He changed from being a lone wolf, with only a Glock and a Bowie to keep him company, to being part of a team.’
    • ‘Needless to say, you'll be playing the role of an Allied lone wolf who, despite occasionally having comrades by his side, will always end up fighting ten soldiers single-handedly and coming out on top.’
    • ‘You've met loss adjusters - they're the lone wolves who tell the insurers to settle your claim or not (fingers crossed for that flood damage claim, people).’
    individualist, free spirit, nonconformist, original, eccentric, character, bohemian, maverick, rare bird, rarity
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    1. 1.1 A terrorist or other criminal who acts alone rather than as part of a larger organization.
      ‘resources for tracking down potential lone wolves radicalized online’
      as modifier ‘the threat of a lone wolf attack’


lone wolf

/ləʊn ˈwʊlf/