fox

noun, often attributive
\ ˈfäks How to pronounce fox (audio) \
plural foxes also fox

Definition of fox

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : any of various carnivorous (see carnivorous sense 1) 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 He's a sly old fox.
3 : a good-looking young woman or man
4 capitalized : a member of an American Indian people formerly living in what is now Wisconsin
5 archaic : sword

fox

verb
foxed; foxing; foxes

Definition of fox (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

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

Fox

biographical name (1)
\ ˈfäks How to pronounce Fox (audio) \

Definition of Fox (Entry 3 of 5)

Charles James 1749–1806 English statesman and orator

Fox

biographical name (2)

Definition of Fox (Entry 4 of 5)

George 1624–1691 English preacher and founder of Society of Friends

Fox

geographical name
\ ˈfäks How to pronounce Fox (audio) \

Definition of Fox (Entry 5 of 5)

1 river 220 miles (354 kilometers) long in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois flowing south into the Illinois River
2 river 175 miles (282 kilometers) long in eastern Wisconsin flowing northeast and north through Lake Winnebago into Green Bay

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Examples of fox in a Sentence

Noun He's a wily old fox. she's a real fox—smart, sassy, and sexy Verb They foxed me into telling the secret. The problem had us foxed!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also available as a fox, elephant or dog character. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Our favorite picks from the Amazon Canada holiday gift guide," 24 Nov. 2020 Tom Ernsting radiates the kind of handsome silver-fox good looks of a character right off the Hallmark Channel, just the sort of guy that plenty of women would love to meet. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "South Haven model shows a different side of romance scams," 11 Nov. 2020 The lovable stop-motion Wes Anderson flick gathers a crowd of notable voice actors (Meryl Streep, George Clooney, and Bill Murray, to name a few) in a tale of a chicken-stealing fox who finally gets caught on a farm raid. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "28 Non-Corny Thanksgiving Movies to Cue Up This Year," 10 Nov. 2020 Opponents argue that Prop 22 is like letting a fox guard the henhouse. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "The Future Of Work Is On The Ballot In California," 30 Oct. 2020 Officials are unsure of how many foxes were killed because the suspects were allegedly seen taking at least one fox, skinned, with them. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Reward offered for information about illegal killing of foxes near Oracle," 30 Oct. 2020 On a freezing February afternoon in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, John Blumenkamp watched the fox for hours, weathering the wind and sudden drops in temperature to take this stark image of a winter survivor. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020," 14 Oct. 2020 While Brian got drawn as an owl, a panther, a fox and dragon, all four of us depicted me as a dog. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "7 things we learned from going to therapy," 19 Oct. 2020 Hours of patience were rewarded when the three kittens came out to play, while their mother kept her eye on a Tibetan fox lurking nearby. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Raccoon: Raccoon is very similar to fox but rarely comes in any other colors besides that of a typical raccoon which is naturally ombré. Liana Satenstein, Marie Claire, "Fur Lovers Who Don't Want to Buy New, Rejoice!," 13 Feb. 2014 Raines has a USDA license to exhibit and sell foxes, but does the latter only to fox sanctuaries, or people who have track records owning foxes, preferably with a license similar to hers. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "She rescues foxes, but Lakeville says she has 2 too many," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of fox

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for fox

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German fuhs fox and perhaps to Sanskrit puccha tail

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The first known use of fox was before the 12th century

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2 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fox. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for fox

fox

noun
How to pronounce Fox (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fox

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

fox

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fox (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British
: to trick or fool (someone)
: to confuse (someone)

fox

noun
\ ˈfäks How to pronounce fox (audio) \

Kids Definition of fox

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

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