A feisty, quarrelsome woman is an example of a vixen.
A female red fox is an example of a vixen.
Other Word Forms
Origin of vixen
- From dialectal alteration of Middle English fixen from Old English fyxe
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old English fixen (“of a fox"), fyxen. Voiced v- is from Southern dialect. Compare German Füchsin. See also fox.