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 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 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

The cases acquired in the United States came from wildlife species, with 70% resulting from bat bites or scratches and the rest due to human contact with raccoons, skunks or foxes. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Most rabies infections in the United States come from bats, CDC says," 12 June 2019 The diseases mainly affect dogs, but can include raccoons, skunks, coyotes, foxes and more. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to protect your pets from parvo and distemper," 8 June 2019 The Anchorage Assembly approved the new law last month, citing concerns that traps meant to catch wild animals such as foxes and coyotes are instead catching pet dogs. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "New restrictions on where people can trap in the Anchorage municipality go into effect Friday," 7 June 2019 The wife’s parents are deer, a grandfather is a fox, and leaping trout, rods, and creels suggest the family’s avocation of fly-fishing. Jorge Arango, House Beautiful, "Can You Spot All the Bunnies in this Cottage?," 22 May 2019 In the country, foxes and hawks have snatched unsupervised chickens. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Chicken and Egg Rentals Crack Open Life’s Deepest Questions," 4 Dec. 2018 Being the millionth person to take a photo of a vista or monument doesn’t feel very special, but snapping one along with, say, the little fennec fox my nephew gave me a few years ago is the best. Annie Daly, SELF, "16 Ways to Stay Mentally Healthy When You Travel A LOT, From People Who Do It," 6 Dec. 2018 The fox was commonly portrayed as untrustworthy, and ensnared birds the way the devil traps sinners. Constance Grady, Vox, "Amazon has warehouse employees defending its labor practices on Twitter," 25 Aug. 2018 The restaurant posted surveillance footage that shows the perpetrators nabbing the fox. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Nuggets from the passing parade," 17 Aug. 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 and Verb

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

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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)

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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Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with fox

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for fox

Spanish Central: Translation of fox

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Britannica English: Translation of fox for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about fox

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