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adjective, fox·i·er, fox·i·est.
  1. foxlike; cunning or crafty; slyly clever.
  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.
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Origin of foxy

1520–30; 1960–65 for def 3; fox + -y1
Related formsfox·i·ly, adverbfox·i·ness, nounun·fox·y, adjective

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Related Words for foxy

artful, astute, canny, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deep, devious, dishonest, experienced, insidious, intelligent, knowing, sharp, slick, sly, subtle, tricky, vulpine, wily

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Historical Examples of foxy

  • He was too foxy to shout until his purpose was beyond all possibility of failure.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • As he came up his foxy eyes were alight with what he intended for a grin of amiability.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • He carried his head low, and he seemed to be playing no foxy tricks.

  • I could see he was itching to let me have it, but he was too foxy to show it.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

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

British Dictionary definitions for foxy


adjective foxier or foxiest
  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
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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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