what is a female werewolf called?

While there are indeed many creatures that have both a feminine version of the name and a masculine version of the name – werewolves are not part of that group….the word werewolf applies to both male and female werewolves.  The word can be used interchangeably to refer to either gender.  Occasionally, however you might also hear the term “shewolf“.

While not a popular way to refer to a girl werewolf, very occasionally you might hear this term when referring to female werewolves, making it an acceptable usage of the term.  The reason it’s not used often is because the term shewolf  does have other meanings which are generally more popular including  “female wolf” or even sometimes “predatory woman”.  Just hearing someone referred to as a “shewolf” therefore does not necessarily mean they are a female werewolf.

Recently, the singer Shakira popularized the term even more with her song entitled “shewolf”.  While the song is not about werewolves, she does have some interesting comments about the song – she says that  “[It’s] like a more animalistic side of you, a more primitive side … an animal person in a way.”

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16 Responses

  1. WaterfallWolf says:

    Very mature, good article I would call a female werewolf a Dona llop.

  2. Aconissa says:

    Shakira also refered to lycanthropy in that song.
    “…. darling it is no joke, this is lycanthropy”.
    @WaterfallWolf: That is an interesting term. Where does it stem from?

  3. WaterfallWolf says:

    @:Aconissa: Not sure comes from a dead language don’t remember which one. Translated it means Female werewolf. Sorry if that didn’t help you.

  4. WaterfallWolf says:

    Not sure what lanuage just sounded right to me.

  5. Aconissa says:

    @WaterfallWolf: No, that’s cool. And interesting.

  6. Greyr says:

    OMG! A CHECK ATTACK!

    D:

  7. WaterfallWolf says:

    @Aconissa: Ok just leting yo know, later.

  8. WaterfallWolf says:

    @All: I am sick and won’t be on much. 🙁

  9. @WaterfallWolf:
    that would be very troublesome… be careful out there.

  10. Lee says:

    Since the term ‘werewolf’ is arguably derived from the old Saxon word ‘were’ meaning ‘man’ (gender masculine), surely it stands to reason that the female equivalent would in fact be ‘wifwolf’ as derived from the old Saxon ‘wif’ (gender feminine).

    The old Saxon word ‘wif’ is also thought to be the root of the modern English words ‘wife’ and ‘woman’. The old Saxon ‘mann’ or ‘man’ being gender neutral (i.e. referring to humans in general), and often interchangeable with the the gender masculine ‘were’ (which subsequently fell out of use, hence no ‘werman’ as contrasted to ‘woman’).

  11. WEREWOLFS ROCK!!!! says:

    Im not sure, but i have a faint memory of read that in old english, the word were ment half, so it wouldent matter if i called a girl werewolf a werewolf.I wonder how many actual werewolfs are on here, including me…

  12. she wolf says:

    Of course, Aconissa is right. The song she wolf talks about lycanthropy too. So the term she wolf sometimes when you think of it the first one to come out of your mind is a female werewolf.

    On the other hand, She wolf (falling to pieces) by David G. ft. Sia talks about a female wolf hunting her down. Not only that it also talks about the relationship of a prey and predator a.k.a predation.

    To summarize it all. Shakira’s She wolf talks about lycanthropy while Sia’s She wolf talks about predation.

    So I agree with Aconissa.

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