- 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
Examples from the Web for oxlike
There were parties of Chinese, sometimes on foot and sometimes with trains of mules or yaks, the oxlike Tibetan beasts of burden.The Caves of Fear
These oxlike men are descendants of those who always stayed behind.The Old World in the New
Edward Alsworth Ross
Conditions were too adverse; they simply weakened and slipped slowly back into dullness and an oxlike or else a fretful patience.Wayside Courtships
Philip, holding his candle aloft, marveled at his own temerity in hitting this giant, oxlike in size and strength.The King of Diamonds
- 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 and History for oxlike
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."