A wild fox.
- The definition of a fox is a small, wild canine with a red/brown/grayish fur and a bushy tail, or a deceitful person, or a woman who is very attractive.
- An example of a fox is the Arctic Fox.
- An example of a fox is someone who is always tricking others.
- An example of a fox is a gorgeous woman.
- Fox is defined as to make something sour by fermenting, or to stain paper red/brown/yellowish, or to trick.
- An example of fox is to make something like beer become sour by fermenting; to fox the beer.
- An example of fox is when mildew causes a book to become marked with red stains; to fox the book with mildew stains.
- An example of fox is to play a practical joke on someone; to fox someone with a practical joke.
nounpl. fox′es or
- any of various small, wild canines (esp. genera Vulpes or Urocyon) with bushy tails and, commonly, reddish-brown or gray fur: the fox is conventionally thought of as sly and crafty
- the fur of a fox
- a sly, crafty, deceitful person
Origin of foxconcept from “The Fox and the Hedgehog,” essay by Sir Isaiah Berlin (1907–97), Brit philosopher & historian, born in Russia: in ref. to phr. “the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing,” transl. of fragment attributed to Gr poet Archilochus (fl. 7th c. ) a person regarded as being of a type characterized by wide-ranging knowledge and by adherence to no particular viewpoint or philosophy
- Slang a person, esp. a woman, who is attractive, esp. sexually attractive
Origin of foxMiddle English from OE, akin to German fuchs from Germanic base an unverified form fuh- from Indo-European base an unverified form pu?-, thick-haired, bushy from source Sanskrit púccha, tail
- to make (beer, etc.) sour by fermenting
Origin of foxfrom the color of a fox to cause (book leaves, prints, etc.) to become stained with reddish-brown or yellowish discolorations
- to trick or deceive by slyness or craftiness
- to bewilder or baffle
- to repair (boots, shoes, etc.) with new upper leather
- to trim (the upper of a shoe) with leather
- Obs. to intoxicate
- to become sour: said of beer, etc.
- to become stained: said of book leaves, etc.
- a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in Wisconsin and Illinois, now living in Iowa
- the Algonquian language spoken by the Fox, Sauk, and Kickapoo peoples; esp., the dialect spoken by the Fox
Origin of Foxtranslated, translation of French Renard, which is translated, translation of Huron Skenchiohronon, literally , red-fox people (prob. with reference, refer to a clan or moiety; compare the modern clan name waakosheehaki, literally , foxes)
- 1749-1806; Eng. statesman & orator
- 1624-91; Eng. religious leader: founder of the Society of Friends
- pl. fox·es, also fox a. Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Canidae and especially of the genus Vulpes, found worldwide and characteristically having upright ears, a pointed snout, and a long bushy tail.b. The fur of one of these mammals.
- A crafty, sly, or clever person.
- Slang A sexually attractive person.
- Nautical Small cordage made by twisting together two or more strands of tarred yarn.
- Archaic A sword.
verbfoxed, fox·ing, fox·es
- To trick or fool by ingenuity or cunning; outwit.
- To baffle or confuse.
- To make (beer) sour by fermenting.
- To repair (a shoe) by attaching a new upper.
- Obsolete To intoxicate.
- To act slyly or craftily.
- To turn sour in fermenting. Used of beer.
Origin of foxMiddle English from Old English
nounpl. Fox, or Fox·es
- A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting various parts of southern Michigan, southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and eastern Iowa, with present-day populations in central Iowa and with the Sauk in Oklahoma.
- The Algonquian language of the Fox.
Origin of FoxTranslation of French Renards foxes perhaps translation of Fox wa·koše·haki foxes (applied as a name to a clan with the totem of a fox)
- A red fox, small carnivore (Vulpes vulpes), related to dogs and wolves, with red or silver fur and a bushy tail.
- Any of numerous species of small wild canids resembling the red fox. In the taxonomy they form the tribe Vulpini within the family Canidae, consisting of nine genera (see the Wikipedia article on the fox).
- The fur of a fox.
- A fox terrier.
- The gemmeous dragonet, a fish, Callionymus lyra, so called from its yellow color.
- A cunning person.
- (slang) An attractive man or woman.
- (nautical) A small strand of rope made by twisting several rope-yarns together. Used for seizings, mats, sennits, and gaskets.
- (mechanics) A wedge driven into the split end of a bolt to tighten it.
(third-person singular simple present foxes, present participle foxing, simple past and past participle foxed)
- To trick, fool or outwit (someone) by cunning or ingenuity.
- To confuse or baffle (someone).
- This crossword puzzle has completely foxed me.
- (intransitive) To act slyly or craftily.
- (intransitive) To discolour paper. Fox marks are spots on paper caused by humidity.
- The pages of the book show distinct foxing.
- To make sour, as beer, by causing it to ferment.
- (intransitive) To turn sour; said of beer, etc., when it sours in fermenting.
- To intoxicate; to stupefy with drink.
- To repair (boots) with new front upper leather, or to piece the upper fronts of.
From Middle English fox, from Old English fox (“fox”), from Proto-Germanic *fuhsaz (“fox”), from Pre-Germanic *puḱsos (“tailed one”), from Proto-Indo-European *puḱ- (“tail”). Cognate with Scots fox (“fox”), West Frisian foks (“fox”), North Frisian Fering-Öömrang dialect foos, and Sölring and Heligoland dialects fos, Dutch vos (“fox”), Low German vos (“fox”), German Fuchs (“fox”), Icelandic fóa (“fox”), Tocharian B päkā (“tail, chowrie”), Russian пух (pukh, “down, fluff”), Torwali [script?] (pūš, “fox”), Hindi पूंछ (pū̃ch, “tail”).