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.