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1fox

noun, often attributive \ˈfäks\

: a small wild animal that is related to dogs and that has a long pointed nose and a bushy tail

: the fur of a fox

: a clever person

plural fox·es also fox

Full Definition of FOX

1
a :  any of various carnivorous mammals (especially genus Vulpes) of the dog family related to but smaller than wolves with shorter legs, more pointed muzzle, large erect ears, and long bushy tail
b :  the fur of a fox
2
:  a clever crafty person
3
archaic :  sword
4
capitalized :  a member of an American Indian people formerly living in what is now Wisconsin
5
:  a good-looking young woman or man
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Examples of FOX

  1. He's a wily old fox.
  2. <she's a real fox—smart, sassy, and sexy>

Origin of FOX

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German fuhs fox and perhaps to Sanskrit puccha tail
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Fur and Leather Terms

chamois, fell, kip

Rhymes with FOX

2fox

verb

: to trick or fool (someone)

: to confuse (someone)

Full Definition of FOX

transitive verb
1
obsolete :  intoxicate
2
a :  to trick by ingenuity or cunning :  outwit
b :  baffle <foxed by his behavior>

Examples of FOX

  1. They foxed me into telling the secret.
  2. The problem had us foxed!

First Known Use of FOX

1611

Fox

biographical name \ˈfäks\

Definition of FOX

Charles James 1749–1806 Eng. statesman & orator

Fox

biographical name

Definition of FOX

George 1624–1691 Eng. preacher & founder of Society of Friends

Fox

geographical name \ˈfäks\

Definition of FOX

1
river 220 miles (354 kilometers) SE Wisconsin & NE Illinois flowing S into Illinois River
2
river 175 miles (282 kilometers) E Wisconsin flowing NE & N through Lake Winnebago into Green Bay
FOXES Defined for Kids

fox

noun \ˈfäks\

Definition of FOX for Kids

1
:  a wild animal closely related to the wolf that has a sharp snout, pointed ears, and a long bushy tail
2
cap :  a member of an American Indian people formerly living in what is now Wisconsin
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