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Definition of foxy

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.
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Origin of foxy

1520–30; 1960–65 for def. 3; fox + -y1


fox·i·ly, adverbfox·i·ness, nounun·fox·y, adjective
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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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What are some other forms related to foxy?

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

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How is foxy used in real life?

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for foxy

/ (ˈfɒksɪ) /

adjective foxier or foxiest

Derived forms of foxy

foxily, adverbfoxiness, noun
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