fox

noun, often attributive
\ˈfäks \
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 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

fox

verb
foxed; foxing; foxes

Definition of fox (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : intoxicate

2a : to trick by ingenuity or cunning : outwit

b : baffle foxed by his behavior

Fox

biographical name (1)
\ˈfäks \

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 \

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

Rabies is carried by mammals — usually wild animals like raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes — and spreads to humans when a carrier bites them. Andy Marso, kansascity, "After JoCo bat tests positive for rabies, health department warns residents of danger," 10 July 2018 Young readers will be effortlessly educated even as they are entertained by Grandma’s adventures in fox hunting, snob baiting and all-around small-town showboating. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Richard Peck, 84, acclaimed author for young readers," 28 May 2018 Young readers will be effortlessly educated even as they are entertained by Grandma’s adventures in fox hunting, snob baiting and all-around small-town showboating. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Richard Peck, Acclaimed Author for Young Readers, Dies at 84," 27 May 2018 Britain is a nation of animal lovers, a place where citizens are willing to take to the streets over fox hunting and badger culling. John Kelly, Washington Post, "U.K. animal lovers face a question: Is it right to kill one squirrel to save another?," 16 Apr. 2018 The fox was out of sight probably 90 percent of the time. Bob Hallinen, Anchorage Daily News, "Behind the lens: An evening with foxes in South Anchorage," 9 Apr. 2018 Sitting on 40-acres, Spring Run Farm is known for decades of horse trial events and fox hunting, but another venture has taken over in the past year. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "This Kentucky log cabin was transformed into a charming bed and breakfast inn. Take a tour," 29 Mar. 2018 In the second story, Chick asks why Fox doesn’t follow a typical vulpine diet and chicksplains to him what proper foxes eat. New York Times, "Brief Tales for New Readers and Little Listeners From Philip Stead and More," 29 June 2018 Every year, the government of Ohio engages in a massive fox hunt for hundreds of thousands of people who owe money to the state. James Mcnair, Cincinnati.com, "Mike DeWine contributors get big contracts from Ohio Attorney General's Office," 25 June 2018

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 1

History and Etymology for fox

Noun

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

Verb

see fox entry 1

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Phrases Related to fox

crazy like a fox

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More Definitions for fox

fox

noun

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)

: to trick or fool (someone)

: to confuse (someone)

fox

noun
\ˈfäks \

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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