[ fok-see ]
/ ˈfɒk si /

adjective, fox·i·er, fox·i·est.

foxlike; cunning or crafty; slyly clever.
yellowish or reddish brown, as of the color of the common red fox.
  1. sexually appealing; attractive.
  2. stylish; modish: a foxy outfit.
  3. exciting and appealing, as a place, entertainment, or the like.
discolored or foxed: pages of a book that had become foxy.
(of a wine) having the pronounced flavor natural to native American grape varieties, as that of fox grapes or of Concord or Catawba grapes.
(especially of a painting) having excessively warm tones; containing too much red.

Nearby words

  1. foxtail millet,
  2. foxtail wedge,
  3. foxtrot,
  4. foxx,
  5. foxx, jimmie,
  6. foy,
  7. foyboat,
  8. foyer,
  9. foyt,
  10. foyt, a. j.

Origin of foxy

1520–30; 1960–65 for def 3; fox + -y1

Related formsfox·i·ly, adverbfox·i·ness, nounun·fox·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foxy


/ (ˈfɒksɪ) /

adjective foxier or foxiest

Derived Formsfoxily, adverbfoxiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for foxy



1520s, "crafty, cunning," from fox (n.) + -y (2). Of colors, stains, tints, etc. from 18c. Meaning "attractive" is 1895, American English slang. Related: Foxiness.

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