[ foks ]
/ fɒks /
noun, plural fox·es, (especially collectively) fox.
any of several carnivores of the dog family, especially those of the genus Vulpes, smaller than wolves, having a pointed, slightly upturned muzzle, erect ears, and a long, bushy tail.
the fur of this animal.
a cunning or crafty person.
(initial capital letter) a member of a tribe of North American Algonquian Indians, formerly in Wisconsin, later merged with the Sauk tribe.
(initial capital letter) the Algonquian language of the Fox, Sauk, and Kickapoo Indians.
Bible. a scavenger, perhaps the jackal. Psalms 63:10; Lam. 5:18.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter F: replaced by Foxtrot.
Slang. an attractive young woman or young man.
verb (used with object)
to deceive or trick.
to repair or make (a shoe) with leather or other material applied so as to cover or form part of the upper front.
Obsolete. to intoxicate or befuddle.
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
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In proportion, so his foxlike brain reasoned, as his alien subjects were weak, so were the Turks strong.Crescent and Iron Cross|E. F. Benson
British Dictionary definitions for foxlike (1 of 3)
/ (fɒks) /
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)
/ (fɒks) /
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)
/ (fɒks) /
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
- a jackal
- an image of a false prophet
nautical small stuff made from yarns twisted together and then tarred
(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
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Idioms and Phrases with foxlike
see crazy like a fox.
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