- a female fox.
- an ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman.
- a woman considered to be sexually attractive.
Origin of vixen
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Related Words for vixenshrew, harpy, cat, harridan, witch, virago, termagant, she-devil, hellcat, dragon, Xanthippe
Examples from the Web for vixen
Contemporary Examples of vixen
A picture was forming of Amanda as a vixen with dark impulses, and her family struggled to control the firestorm.How the Media Got Knox Wrong
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 2, 2010
Historical Examples of vixen
"We don't scare worth a cent," she snapped, with the virulence of a vixen.Within the Law
"I wonder what that vixen has said to her," he thought, as he turned in for the night.In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
If you should make a match with her, she is a very likely creature, though a vixen, as you say.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
The vixen growled, and, picking up her prey, carried it to the bramble-clump.
The vixen warned him repeatedly; and she herself, after giving the signal “Hide!”
- a female fox
- a quarrelsome or spiteful woman
Word Origin for vixen
Old English *fyxen (implied in adjective fyxan), fem. of fox (see fox, and cf. Middle High German vühsinne, German füchsin). Solitary English survival of the Germanic feminine suffix -en, -in (cf. Old English gyden "goddess;" mynecen "nun," from munuc "monk;" wlyfen "she-wolf"). The figurative sense "ill-tempered woman" is attested from 1570s. The spelling shift from -f- to -v- began late 1500s (see V).