vixen

[ vik-suhn ]
/ ˈvɪk sən /

noun

a female fox.
an ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman.
a woman considered to be sexually attractive.

Origin of vixen

1375–1425; late Middle English (south); replacing earlier fixen, Middle English (north), for Old English fyxe, feminine of fox fox (compare fyxen (adjective) “pertaining to a fox,” Old High German fuhsin (noun) “vixen”)

Related forms

vix·en·ish, vix·en·ly, adjective
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vixen

/ (ˈvɪksən) /

noun

a female fox
a quarrelsome or spiteful woman

Derived Forms

vixenish, adjectivevixenishly, adverbvixenishness, nounvixenly, adverb, adjective

Word Origin for vixen

C15: fixen; related to Old English fyxe, feminine of fox; compare Old High German fuhsīn
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