1. [syn: werewolf, wolfman, lycanthrope, loup-garou]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Werewolf \Were"wolf`\, n.; pl. Werewolves. [AS. werwulf; wer a
man + wulf a wolf; cf. G. w[aum]rwolf, w[aum]hrwolf,
wehrwolf, a werewolf, MHG. werwolf. [root]285. See Were a
man, and Wolf, and cf. Virile, World.]
A person transformed into a wolf in form and appetite, either
temporarily or permanently, whether by supernatural
influences, by witchcraft, or voluntarily; a lycanthrope.
Belief in werewolves, formerly general, is not now extinct.
The werwolf went about his prey. --William of
The brutes that wear our form and face,
The werewolves of the human race. --Longfellow.
[1913 Webster] Werk
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a monster able to change appearance from human to wolf and
back again [syn: werewolf, wolfman, lycanthrope,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
46 Moby Thesaurus words for "werewolf":
Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf-man, ape-man, bogey, bogeyman, bugaboo,
bugbear, demon, devil, devil incarnate, fee-faw-fum, fiend,
fiend from hell, frightener, ghost, ghoul, harpy, hellhound,
hellkite, hobgoblin, holy terror, horror, incubus, jaguar-man,
lamia, monster, nightmare, ogre, ogress, phantom, revenant,
scarebabe, scarecrow, scarer, specter, succubus, terror, vampire,
werecat, werecrocodile, werefox, werehyena, werejaguar, werelion,
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
WEREWOLF, n. A wolf that was once, or is sometimes, a man. All
werewolves are of evil disposition, having assumed a bestial form to
gratify a beastial appetite, but some, transformed by sorcery, are as
humane and is consistent with an acquired taste for human flesh.
Some Bavarian peasants having caught a wolf one evening, tied it
to a post by the tail and went to bed. The next morning nothing was
there! Greatly perplexed, they consulted the local priest, who told
them that their captive was undoubtedly a werewolf and had resumed its
human for during the night. "The next time that you take a wolf," the
good man said, "see that you chain it by the leg, and in the morning
you will find a Lutheran."