fox

[foks]

noun, plural fox·es, (especially collectively) fox.

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to act cunningly or craftily.
(of book leaves, prints, etc.) to become foxed.

Origin of fox

before 900; 1960–65 for def 9; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Saxon vohs, Middle Low German vos, Old High German fuhs (German Fuchs). Cf. vixen
Related formsfox·like, adjective

Fox

[foks]

noun

Charles James,1749–1806, British orator and statesman.
George,1624–91, English religious leader and writer: founder of the Society of Friends.
John. John Foxe.
John William, Jr.,1863–1919, U.S. novelist.
Margaret,1833–93, and her sister Katherine (“Kate”), 1839–92, U.S. spiritualist mediums, born in Canada.
Sir William,1812–93, New Zealand statesman, born in England: prime minister 1856, 1861–62, 1869–72, 1873.
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British Dictionary definitions for fox

fox

noun plural foxes or fox

any canine mammal of the genus Vulpes and related genera. They are mostly predators that do not hunt in packs and typically have large pointed ears, a pointed muzzle, and a bushy tailRelated adjective: vulpine
the fur of any of these animals, usually reddish-brown or grey in colour
a person who is cunning and sly
slang, mainly US a sexually attractive woman
Bible
  1. a jackal
  2. an image of a false prophet
nautical small stuff made from yarns twisted together and then tarred

verb

(tr) to perplex or confoundto fox a person with a problem
to cause (paper, wood, etc) to become discoloured with spots, or (of paper, etc) to become discoloured, as through mildew
(tr) to trick; deceive
(intr) to act deceitfully or craftily
(tr) Australian informal to pursue stealthily; tail
(tr) Australian informal to chase and retrieve (a ball)
(tr) obsolete to befuddle with alcoholic drink
Derived Formsfoxlike, adjective

Word Origin for fox

Old English; related to Old High German fuhs, Old Norse fōa fox, Sanskrit puccha tail; see vixen

Fox

1

noun

plural Fox or Foxes a member of a North American Indian people formerly living west of Lake Michigan along the Fox River
the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family

Fox

2

noun

Charles James . 1749–1806, British Whig statesman and orator. He opposed North over taxation of the American colonies and Pitt over British intervention against the French Revolution. He advocated parliamentary reform and the abolition of the slave trade
George . 1624–91, English religious leader; founder (1647) of the Society of Friends (Quakers)
Terry, full name Terrance Stanley Fox (1958–81). Canadian athlete: he lost a leg to cancer and subsequently attempted a coast-to-coast run across Canada to raise funds for cancer research
Vicente (Spanish viˈθɛnte). born 1942, Mexican politician; president of Mexico (2000-06)
Sir William . 1812–93, New Zealand statesman, born in England: prime minister of New Zealand (1856; 1861–62; 1869–72; 1873)
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Word Origin and History for fox
n.

Old English fox, from West Germanic *fukhs (cf. Old Saxon vohs, Middle Dutch and Dutch vos, Old High German fuhs, German Fuchs, Old Norse foa, Gothic fauho), from Proto-Germanic base *fuh-, corresponding to PIE *puk- "tail" (cf. Sanskrit puccha- "tail").

The bushy tail is also the source of words for "fox" in Welsh (llwynog, from llwyn "bush"); Spanish (raposa, from rabo "tail"); and Lithuanian (uodegis "fox," from uodega "tail"). Metaphoric extension to "clever person" is early 13c. Meaning "sexually attractive woman" is from 1940s; but foxy in this sense is recorded from 1895.

Fox

Algonquian people, translating French renards, which itself may be a translation of an Iroquoian term meaning "red fox people." Their name for themselves is /meškwahki:-haki/ "red earths." French renard "fox" is from Reginhard, the name of the fox in old Northern European fables (cf. Low German Reinke de Vos), originally "strong in council, wily."

v.

1560s (but perhaps implied in Old English foxung "foxlike wile, craftiness"), from fox (n.). Foxed in booksellers' catalogues means "stained with fox-colored marks." In other contexts, it typically meant "drunk" (1610s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fox

fox

see crazy like a fox.

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