- of or resembling a fox.
- cunning or crafty.
Origin of vulpine
1620–30; < Latin vulpīnus, equivalent to vulp(ēs) fox + -īnus -ine1
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Examples from the Web for vulpine
I have watched them cover their tracks with a cunning more than vulpine.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
What a kindness you have done me with your "vulpine sharpness."
But Napoleons vulpine diplomacy was again overruling Talleyrand.Talleyrand
Pakenham looked from the one to the other, from the thin, vulpine face to the thin, leonine one.54-40 or Fight
If so, do it; and avoid the vulpine kind, which I don't recommend.Latter-Day Pamphlets
- Also: vulpecular (vʌlˈpɛkjʊlə) of, relating to, or resembling a fox
- possessing the characteristics often attributed to foxes; crafty, clever, etc
C17: from Latin vulpīnus foxlike, from vulpēs a fox
Word Origin and History for vulpine
"pertaining to a fox, fox-like," 1620s, from Latin vulpinus "of or pertaining to a fox," from vulpes, earlier volpes (genitive vulpis, volpis) "fox," of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper