noun, plural ox·en for 1, 2, ox·es for 3.
Origin of ox
Related Words for oxenherd, clod, dunce, imbecile, clown, klutz, yokel, sap, dolt, half-wit, bumpkin, idiot, boor, blunderer, brute, moron, nincompoop, fool, goon, beast
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Historical Examples of oxen
We'd have oxen roasted whole, an' honey—an'—but that's as fur as I can git.Tiverton Tales
Once it was so huge that three hundred yoke of oxen could hardly move it.
They also held the oxen's yokes, so that nobody or anything could rattle, or make any noise.
I must fill the bin of the oxen with hay, and water them, and carry out the dung.
I go out at daybreak, driving the oxen to field, and I yoke them to the plough.
noun plural oxen (ˈɒksən)
Word Origin for ox
plural of ox, it is the only true continuous survival in Modern English of the Old English weak plural. OED reports oxes occurs 14c.-16c., "but has not survived."
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."