silver fox


plural silver foxes also silver fox
: a genetically determined color phase of the common red fox in which the fur is black tipped with white
plural silver foxes : an attractive middle-aged man having mostly gray or white hair
… George Clooney will perennially be the sexiest silver fox alive, despite distinguished competition from Steve Carrell, Dermot Mulroney, Richard Gere and John Slattery.Alex Apatoff

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1758, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of silver fox was circa 1758

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“Silver fox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

silver fox

: a color form of the common red fox in which the pelt is black tipped with white

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