fox

[ foks ]
/ fɒks /

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 forms

fox·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for foxlike

  • In proportion, so his foxlike brain reasoned, as his alien subjects were weak, so were the Turks strong.

British Dictionary definitions for foxlike (1 of 3)

Fox

1
/ (fɒks) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for foxlike (2 of 3)

Fox

2
/ (fɒks) /

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)

British Dictionary definitions for foxlike (3 of 3)

fox

/ (fɒks) /

noun plural foxes or fox

verb

Derived Forms

foxlike, adjective

Word Origin for fox

Old English; related to Old High German fuhs, Old Norse fōa fox, Sanskrit puccha tail; see vixen
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Idioms and Phrases with foxlike

fox


see crazy like a fox.

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