adjective \ ˈfäk-sē \
|Updated on: 3 Jun 2018

Definition of foxy

foxier; foxiest
1 : resembling or suggestive of a fox
  • a narrow foxy face
: such as
a : cunningly shrewd
b : of a warm reddish-brown color
  • foxy eyebrows
2 : having a sharp brisk flavor
  • foxy grapes
3 : physically attractive
  • a foxy lady


play \ˈfäk-sə-lē\ adverb


play \ˈfäk-sē-nəs\ noun

Examples of foxy in a Sentence

  1. the oft-told story of the foxy flatterer who works her way up the ladder of success by stepping on people as she goes

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First Known Use of foxy


in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of foxy

sly, cunning, crafty, wily, tricky, foxy, artful, slick mean attaining or seeking to attain one's ends by guileful or devious means. sly implies furtiveness, lack of candor, and skill in concealing one's aims and methods.
    • a sly corporate raider
cunning suggests the inventive use of sometimes limited intelligence in overreaching or circumventing.
    • the cunning fox avoided the trap
crafty implies cleverness and subtlety of method.
    • a crafty lefthander
wily implies skill and deception in maneuvering.
    • the wily fugitive escaped the posse
tricky is more likely to suggest shiftiness and unreliability than skill in deception and maneuvering.
    • a tricky political operative
foxy implies a shrewd and wary craftiness usually involving devious dealing.
    • a foxy publicity man planting stories
artful implies indirectness in dealing and often connotes sophistication or cleverness.
    • elicited the information by artful questioning
slick emphasizes smoothness and guile.
    • slick operators selling time-sharing

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FOXY Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of foxy for English Language Learners

  • : resembling or suggesting a fox

  • : very clever

  • : physically attractive

FOXY Defined for Kids


adjective \ ˈfäk-sē \

Definition of foxy for Students

foxier; foxiest
: very clever
  • a foxy trick

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one who attends or assists a leader

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