- 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 vixenish
He offered his hand to her, sheepishly, and she gave it a vixenish slap.That Girl Montana
Marah Ellis Ryan
And yet shes a pretty minx, too, if she hadnt such a vixenish temper!
Steve began to scowl and a vixenish smile hovered at Isom's lips.The Last Stetson
John Fox Jr.
She dreaded the vixenish Miss Sugg less than the too complaisant manager.The Bartlett Mystery
She was vixenish, she was selfish, she was dishonest and grasping; but she was religious.The End Of The World
- a female fox
- a quarrelsome or spiteful woman
Word Origin and History for vixenish
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).