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 : a good-looking young woman or man
4 capitalized : a member of an American Indian people formerly living in what is now Wisconsin
5 archaic : sword

fox

verb
foxed; foxing; foxes

Definition of fox (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to trick by ingenuity or cunning : outwit
b : baffle foxed by his behavior
2 obsolete : intoxicate

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 Swiper is the sneaky fox that’s usually causing trouble by trying to steal stuff from Dora and her friends. Los Angeles Times, "How the live-action ‘Dora’ movie stays true to its animated roots," 10 Aug. 2019 Joining us now live from Washington with the latest on that and more is Ellison Barber fox. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway: Incomplete press coverage harms America," 3 Aug. 2018 But the eventual animal death toll was three foxes, five alpacas and an emu. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "Fox is 9th casualty after jaguar’s weekend escape at zoo," 16 July 2018 Karsenty and colleagues exposed mice to several stressors, including a mild electric shock to the foot and a whiff of fox urine, a scent that triggers an innate fear response. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Hormone secreted by bones may help us escape danger," 12 Sep. 2019 Seams are hand-tied and clean-finished so that the jacket can be worn reversibly, and removable Canadian-fox-fur trim for the hood and cuffs make the garment both transitional and versatile. Fortune, "Canadian Brand Therma Kōta Is on a Mission to Make Outerwear Cool," 25 Aug. 2019 One memorable study begun in the Soviet Union in the 1950s found foxes that were bred for domesticable traits began exhibiting neoteny within just a few generations. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Domesticated animals, explained," 4 July 2019 Tonioli sympathized that the fox trot is the hardest dance to learn and pointed out lots of mistakes. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "‘Dancing With the Stars’ premiere: Ranking all the contestants from best to worst," 17 Sep. 2019 Local health officials did not say whether the fox is suspected to be rabid but cautioned residents from feeding or approaching wild or stray animals, the Ledge Light Health District announced Monday afternoon. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Fox attacks 2 people in East Lyme, 1 person hospitalized," 9 Sep. 2019 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 2

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
How to pronounce Fox (audio)

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

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