\ ˈfäk-sē How to pronounce foxy (audio) \
foxier; foxiest

Definition of foxy

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

Other Words from foxy

foxily \ ˈfäk-​sə-​lē How to pronounce foxy (audio) \ adverb
foxiness \ ˈfäk-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce foxy (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of foxy in a Sentence

the oft-told story of the foxy flatterer who works her way up the ladder of success by stepping on people as she goes
Recent Examples on the Web Getting the tagline of being a foxy person is usually a quite flattering label. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 New York's foxiest hipsters run Afrobeat and Julian Casablancas croon through a drum machine. Matt Wake |, al, 1 May 2020 Before long, the women are treating themselves to foxy Louboutins and over-the-top Gucci satchels. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 12 Sep. 2019 Eventually, Tetlock and his collaborator, Barbara Mellers, assembled a team of foxy volunteers, drawn from the general public, to compete in a forecasting tournament. David Epstein, The Denver Post, 22 July 2019 The following day, she and Isaac (Rohan Mead), the foxy Guardian, are both absent., 4 July 2018 Instead of cooking, Wendy has employed Axe’s foxy personal chef., 28 May 2018 Outside, the Armada went from boxy to foxy, borrowing most of the QX80’s sheetmetal. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 1 Mar. 2018 For foxy coffee in Soho: French mainstay Café Kitsuné is bringing its coffee to Balthazar for fashion week (from the 8th to the 16th). Kat Odell, Vogue, 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of foxy

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Foxy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of foxy

: resembling or suggesting a fox
: very clever
: physically attractive : sexy


\ ˈfäk-sē How to pronounce foxy (audio) \
foxier; foxiest

Kids Definition of foxy

: very clever a foxy trick

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