fox terrier



either of two English breeds of small terriers having either a long, wiry coat or a short, flat coat, formerly used for driving foxes from their holes.

Origin of fox terrier

First recorded in 1815–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fox terrier

Historical Examples of fox terrier

  • But when a Burman sees a fox-terrier or any English dog his delight is unfeigned.

  • I'd say, and Piddie would prick up his ears like a fox-terrier sightin' a rat.


    Sewell Ford

  • She looked at the fox-terrier curled up in front of the fire-place.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • It seemed as natural that I should chase Zepps as that a fox-terrier should chase chickens.

    Many Fronts

    Lewis R. Freeman

  • He is a fox-terrier of lusty appetite, and he tried to eat it.

British Dictionary definitions for fox terrier

fox terrier


either of two breeds of small terrier, the wire-haired and the smooth, having a white coat with markings of black or tan or both
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