One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in folklore) a person who changes for periods of time into a wolf, typically when there is a full moon.
- ‘I heard the pounding feet and paws of other wolves and werewolves coming towards the tree.’
- ‘There were things in the woods, like werewolves and other monsters and I would not risk it.’
- ‘He seemed like a werewolf, though she knew that werewolves were creatures of myth.’
- ‘Pure blood was the term used for werewolves who had been born to werewolf parents.’
- ‘The film takes the myth of the werewolf and transplants it into a small-town community and carnage ensues.’
- ‘He wanted to have a few vampires try shifting to werewolves in the battle.’
- ‘There are no such things as vampires, or werewolves, or evil identical twins.’
- ‘The grass had both footprints of the boy and werewolf but the werewolf was out of sight.’
- ‘The idea of taking werewolves and vampires and pitting them against each other seems like a novel idea.’
- ‘Because of their regenerative powers, simple wounds didn't matter much to werewolves.’
- ‘We must also take Diane to determine whether our killer is a wolf or a werewolf.’
- ‘As far back as anyone can remember, the werewolves and the vampires have always had a friendship.’
- ‘We've killed eight vampires, six werewolves, and had to outrun a pack of ghouls.’
- ‘I knew the dangers that awaited any two werewolves who met on the full moon.’
- ‘It was a slow achievement but eventually the humans were stopped, and the werewolves shifted forms.’
Late Old English werewulf; the first element has usually been identified with Old English wer ‘man’. In modern use the word has been revived through folklore studies.
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