- a female fox.
- an ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman.
- a woman considered to be sexually attractive.
Origin of vixen
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Examples from the Web for vixen
A picture was forming of Amanda as a vixen with dark impulses, and her family struggled to control the firestorm.How the Media Got Knox Wrong
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 2, 2010
"We don't scare worth a cent," she snapped, with the virulence of a vixen.Within the Law
"I wonder what that vixen has said to her," he thought, as he turned in for the night.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
If you should make a match with her, she is a very likely creature, though a vixen, as you say.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
The vixen growled, and, picking up her prey, carried it to the bramble-clump.
The vixen warned him repeatedly; and she herself, after giving the signal “Hide!”
- a female fox
- a quarrelsome or spiteful woman
Word Origin and History for vixen
Old English *fyxen (implied in adjective fyxan), fem. of fox (see fox, and cf. Middle High German vühsinne, German füchsin). Solitary English survival of the Germanic feminine suffix -en, -in (cf. Old English gyden "goddess;" mynecen "nun," from munuc "monk;" wlyfen "she-wolf"). The figurative sense "ill-tempered woman" is attested from 1570s. The spelling shift from -f- to -v- began late 1500s (see V).