Lone wolf

Lone wolf is an idiom that came into use around the turn of the twentieth century. We will examine the meaning of the idiom lone wolf, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

A lone wolf is someone who does not socialize with others, a person who prefers solitude, a person who lives, works, and relaxes in isolation. Though the behavior of a lone wolf is tolerated if that person does not appear to be a threat, people are often suspicious of someone who is a lone wolf. Mass murderers and terrorists are often described as lone wolves, so the general population believes a lone wolf should be watched. The idiom lone wolf first appeared in the late 1890s, and is derived from a phenomenon in nature. Wolves are normally pack animals, but sometimes a wolf is driven from the pack and must survive on its own. A lone wolf is often more aggressive or stronger than a wolf that belongs to a pack, out of necessity. The plural of lone wolf is lone wolves.

Examples

The incident is being treated as a ‘lone wolf’ attack, according to police. (The Mirror)

“Lone attackers,” known to Israeli security services as ‘lone wolf’ attackers, “as opposed to cells or organizations, generally perpetrate these kinds of attacks. (Jerusalem Post)

“I’m a lone wolf, I am not one of anyone, I’m an observer.” (The Sunday Star Times)

“That’s why the image of the wolf is in our logo, and we use that image a lot – whether you’re a lone wolf or travelling in a pack, we got ya covered.” (The Coast Reporter)