Definition of lone wolf in US English:

lone wolf


  • 1A very independent or solitary person.

    ‘he's a lone wolf; that's what made him a successful foreign correspondent’
    • ‘This lone wolf mostly takes his own advice to heart.’
    • ‘On the other side, there stands the lone wolf: angry, powerful, violent, and unpredictable.’
    • ‘It was nice to help out a pal, but life is far simpler as a lone wolf.’
    • ‘According to Myrtle, George was something of a lone wolf.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He changed from being a lone wolf, with only a Glock and a Bowie to keep him company, to being part of a team.’
    • ‘This is not quite the same as saying she is a lone wolf.’
    • ‘In all these endeavors, Franklin, 58, was hardly acting 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.’
    • ‘Germany's Free Democratic Party is the lone wolf in the defense of market capitalism.’
    • ‘‘I wouldn't deny that I like being a lone wolf,’ he says.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/ˈˌloʊn ˈwʊlf//ˈˌlōn ˈwo͝olf/