Origin of vixen
Examples from the Web for vixen
A picture was forming of Amanda as a vixen with dark impulses, and her family struggled to control the firestorm.
But old Vixen was up in natural history—she knew squirrel nature and took the case in hand when the proper time came.Wild Animals I Have Known|Ernest Thompson Seton
They sat there looking back at the beautiful scene, as the Vixen passed down the harbor.The Boy Scouts of the Naval Reserve|Robert Shaler
Here, again, Vixen led Garm from one carriage to the other; jumped into the back seat, and shouted.Actions and Reactions|Rudyard Kipling
The next moment my door opened, and Vixen, Montmorenci's terrier, came bounding towards me.The Heroine|Eaton Stannard Barrett
The Argus and Vixen to remain with the Constitution, to keep up the blockade.The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876|J. F. Loubat, LL.D.
British Dictionary definitions for vixen
Word Origin for vixen
Word Origin and History 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).