out·​fox ˌau̇t-ˈfäks How to pronounce outfox (audio)
outfoxed; outfoxing; outfoxes

Examples of outfox in a Sentence

the prisoners outfoxed the guards by tunneling beneath the prison walls
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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outfox was in 1872

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“Outfox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outfox. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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out·​fox (ˈ)au̇t-ˈfäks How to pronounce outfox (audio)
: outwit
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