Origin of foxing
noun, plural fox·es, (especially collectively) fox.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of fox
Examples from the Web for foxing
Historical Examples of foxing
It seemed to him that they were 'foxing Old Bagwigs finely.'The Forsyte Saga, Complete
To-night it wasn't that feeling that made it difficult for me to go on "foxing."The Boys and I
Fox; (verb) to pretend, to feign, to sham: 'he's not sick at all, he's only foxing.'English As We Speak It in Ireland
P. W. Joyce
He, however, insisted that the fellow was only "foxing," and so the matter ended.A Modern Buccaneer
Even so, I did not dare to move, for fear that he might be foxing.
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.