- the adult castrated male of the genus Bos, used chiefly as a draft animal.
- any member of the bovine family.
- Informal. a clumsy, stupid fellow.
Origin of ox
- a combining form meaning “containing oxygen”: oxazine.
Origin of ox-
Origin of Ox.
Related Words for oxhulking, burly, sturdy, hulk, clod, dunce, imbecile, clown, klutz, yokel, sap, dolt, half-wit, bumpkin, idiot, boor, blunderer, brute, moron, nincompoop
Examples from the Web for ox
Contemporary Examples of ox
There's no Nicely-Nicely Johnson hanging out in Times Square these days, no Harry the Horse, no Angie the Ox.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’
April 6, 2014
The doctors said it was as strong as an ox, considering he was so sedentary.Gore Vidal’s Tragic Final Decade
November 8, 2013
Whoever's ox Obama chooses to gore will probably be a considerably less enthusiastic coalition member come 2016.Is Demography Destiny?
November 7, 2012
During this time, he also oversaw his own farm, Ox Hollow Farm in Roxbury, Connecticut.5 Things You Need to Know About Grass-Fed Beef
April 13, 2010
This dish is based on the beautiful white honeycomb tripe, which comes from the second stomach, or the reticulum, of an ox.What to Eat: Offal
January 26, 2010
Historical Examples of ox
Then, he smote his thigh with a blow strong enough to kill an ox.Within the Law
Then he dealt him a straight blow in the face that felled him like an ox.The Hunted Outlaw
Peace, my darling, here's no danger; There's no ox a-near thy bed.Grandma's Memories
Mary D. Brine
And of a sudden he struck a blow at the youth that might have felled an ox.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
The bovine humanity fitted to the machinery as the ox to the treadmill.City of Endless Night
- an adult castrated male of any domesticated species of cattle, esp Bos taurus, used for draught work and meat
- any bovine mammal, esp any of the domestic cattle
Word Origin for ox
Old English oxa "ox" (plural oxan), from Proto-Germanic *ukhson (cf. Old Norse oxi, Old Frisian oxa, Middle Dutch osse, Old Saxon, Old High German ohso, German Ochse, Gothic auhsa), from PIE *uks-en- "male animal," (cf. Welsh ych "ox," Middle Irish oss "stag," Sanskrit uksa, Avestan uxshan- "ox, bull"), said to be from root *uks- "to sprinkle," related to *ugw- "wet, moist." The animal word, then, is literally "besprinkler."