Origin of foxed
noun, plural fox·es, (especially collectively) fox.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of fox
Related Words for foxedbeat, exceed, total, eclipse, outstrip, deceive, outfox, outmaneuver, baffle, outdo, circumvent, bamboozle, cheat, pretend, dupe, hoodwink, delude, transcend, excel, best
Examples from the Web for foxed
Historical Examples of foxed
Books having leaves stained by dampness are said to be foxed.Library Bookbinding
Arthur Low Bailey
Truly the animal is foxed, and foxes enough are to be found in Yoshiwara.Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)
James S. De Benneville
One having drunk a cup of very flat beer, declared that the beer was more than foxed.
The cloth was of Robin-Hood green, foxed over in bright yellow leather.
As armor against cacti, they either had “chaps” or trousers “foxed” over in leather, with sometimes a Wild Western fringe.
noun plural foxes or fox
- a jackal
- an image of a false prophet
Word Origin for fox
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.
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."
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).
see crazy like a fox.