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[ fok-see ]


, fox·i·er, fox·i·est.
  1. foxlike; cunning or crafty; slyly clever.

    Synonyms: artful, sly, tricky, wily

  2. yellowish or reddish brown, as of the color of the common red fox.
  3. Slang.
    1. sexually appealing; attractive.
    2. stylish; modish:

      a foxy outfit.

    3. exciting and appealing, as a place, entertainment, or the like.
  4. discolored or foxed:

    pages of a book that had become foxy.

  5. (of a wine) having the pronounced flavor natural to native American grape varieties, as that of fox grapes or of Concord or Catawba grapes.
  6. (especially of a painting) having excessively warm tones; containing too much red.


/ ˈfɒksɪ /


  1. of or resembling a fox, esp in craftiness
  2. smelling strongly like a fox
  3. of a reddish-brown colour
  4. (of paper, wood, etc) spotted, esp by mildew
  5. (of wine) having the flavour of fox grapes
  6. (of oats) having a musty smell as a result of getting wet, fermenting, and drying out
  7. slang.
    sexy; sexually attractive
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˈfoxiness, noun
  • ˈfoxily, adverb
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Other Words From

  • foxi·ly adverb
  • foxi·ness noun
  • un·foxy adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of foxy1

1520–30; 1960–65 foxy fordef 3; fox + -y 1
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Example Sentences

Toss in a few weaselly bad guys, some luxe international locales and a selection of foxy evening gowns, and you’ve got a movie.

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Pig [growling sotto voce behind his hand, mock-furtive as a Disneyland Foxy Loxy]: Take 35 percent off the top and split!

An adult-entertainment company wants Foxy Knoxy to take a paltry sum of money to extend her 15 minutes of infamy.

Vines that grow native in America (vitis labrusca, among others) are known for “foxy” or musky aromas and flavors.

Winston Ross and Barbie Latza Nadeau on Foxy Knoxy's next act.

According to one report, the foxy feminist supports a Facebook group called “Men Should Wear the Veil.”

The game did not work, for no man can both make and accept an offer at the same time, and that is what the foxy uncle tried to do.

In this foxy nature the wolf was not wanting, and under strong impulse he could be somewhat of a Pizarro.

"Good-bye, sir," he said as he went away, for he knew Foxy Braxted really rather liked him.

"Now the foxy little thing wants to incline mother to be comforted by pretending to pity them," Kurt declared.

"That's where you are sensible," declared the man with the foxy face.


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About This Word

What does foxy mean?

Foxy is most commonly used as a slang word for sexy or attractive, as in I want to look really foxy for my reunion. 

Because it can sound a bit silly or old-fashioned, it’s sometimes used in a way that’s intended to be somewhat ironic or humorous (though this is not always the case.)

Foxy can also be used to describe someone or something as clever or crafty, as in He’s a foxy competitor—don’t underestimate him. However, the expression clever as a fox is more commonly used to mean the same thing.

Much less commonly, foxy can describe something as being a reddish-brown color that resembles the fur of a red fox, as in I like that foxy orange one. 

Example: You look positively foxy—what’s the occasion? 

Where does foxy come from?

The first records of the word foxy come from around 1520, with the slang use dating to around 1960. It combines the word fox, referring to the animal, and the adjective suffix -y, essentially meaning “like” (making foxy the same as foxlike). Foxes are commonly regarded as being sly or crafty animals.

Some well-known uses of the slang sense of foxy are in titles of the 1974 movie Foxy Brown and the 1968 song “Foxy Lady” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

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  • foxily (adverb)
  • foxiness (noun)
  • unfoxy (adjective)

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Foxy is most used as another way of saying “sexy.”

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The entrepreneur is known for foxy business moves that often outwit her competitors.