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fox

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noun, often attributive \ˈfäks\

Definition of fox

plural

foxes

also

fox

  1. 1a :  any of various carnivorous (see carnivorous 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 tailb :  the fur of a fox

  2. 2 :  a clever crafty person He's a sly old fox.

  3. 3 archaic :  sword

  4. 4 capitalized :  a member of an American Indian people formerly living in what is now Wisconsin

  5. 5 :  a good-looking young woman or man

Examples of fox in a sentence

  1. He's a wily old fox.

  2. she's a real fox—smart, sassy, and sexy

Origin and Etymology 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


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fox

verb

Definition of fox

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  intoxicate

  3. 2a :  to trick by ingenuity or cunning :  outwitb :  baffle foxed by his behavior

Examples of fox in a sentence

  1. They foxed me into telling the secret.

  2. The problem had us foxed!

Origin and Etymology of fox

see 1fox


First Known Use: 1611


Fox

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biographical name \ˈfäks\

Definition of Fox

  1. Charles James 1749–1806 English statesman and orator


Fox

biographical name

Definition of Fox

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


Fox

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geographical name \ˈfäks\

Definition of Fox

  1. 1 river 220 miles (354 kilometers) long in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois flowing south into the Illinois River

  2. 2 river 175 miles (282 kilometers) long in eastern Wisconsin flowing northeast and north through Lake Winnebago into Green Bay



FOX Defined for English Language Learners

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fox

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noun, often attributive \ˈfäks\

Definition of fox for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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fox

verb

Definition of fox for English Language Learners

  • : to trick or fool (someone)

  • : to confuse (someone)


FOX Defined for Kids

fox

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noun \ˈfäks\

Definition of fox for Students

  1. 1 :  a wild animal closely related to the wolf that has a sharp snout, pointed ears, and a long bushy tail

  2. 2 cap :  a member of an American Indian people formerly living in what is now Wisconsin



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