Definition of lone wolf in English:

lone wolf

noun

  • 1A very independent or solitary person.

    ‘he's a lone wolf; that's what made him a successful foreign correspondent’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Germany's Free Democratic Party is the lone wolf in the defense of market capitalism.’
    • ‘In all these endeavors, Franklin, 58, was hardly acting as a lone wolf.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is not quite the same as saying she is 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.’
    • ‘‘I wouldn't deny that I like being a lone wolf,’ he says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This lone wolf mostly takes his own advice to heart.’
    • ‘According to Myrtle, George was something of a lone wolf.’
    individualist, free spirit, nonconformist, original, eccentric, character, bohemian, maverick, rare bird, rarity
    1. 1.1A 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’
      • ‘A terrorist attack may not have been an instance of lone wolf terrorism.’
      • ‘Buffett was a virtual lone wolf in respect of his attacks on the practice.’
      • ‘The subject of its report is on “terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attack”.’
      • ‘It was very clearly a xenophobic attack of a fanatical lone wolf.’
      • ‘FBI officials have also commented that “the bureau is very concerned” about potential attacks from lone wolves.’
      • ‘The murder of a British soldier on the streets of London was not a lone wolf attack.’
      • ‘Three officers were gunned down, allegedly by a lone wolf.’
      • ‘There were three apparent hate crimes carried out by what are described as lone wolf gunmen in the span of only a few weeks.’
      • ‘You mentioned the various so-called “hate crimes” tied to lone wolves who believed in the righteous teachings of the Reverend.’
      • ‘The lone wolf is usually motivated by individual retribution or revenge.’

Pronunciation

lone wolf

/ləʊn ˈwʊlf/