[ vuhl-pahyn, -pin ]
See synonyms for vulpine on
  1. of or resembling a fox.

  2. cunning or crafty.

Origin of vulpine

First recorded in 1620–30; from Latin vulpīnus, equivalent to vulp(ēs) “fox” + -īnus adjective suffix; see origin at -ine1; from the same root as Greek alṓpēx and alōpós “fox”

Words Nearby vulpine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vulpine in a sentence

  • I remember that as we said good-bye, there was that in her smile that recalled the vulpine complacency of Mona Lisa, the Wise.

    The Red One | Jack London
  • Then, temporarily, his vulpine face showed avaricious hope, and then apprehension.

    Space Viking | Henry Beam Piper
  • No vulpine contraction of the muzzle, such as would have suggested the sleuth and invited suspicion.

    The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Even Fleetwood's devil, much addicted to cape and sword and ladder, the vulpine and the gryphine, rejected it.

  • The vulpine phalanger does duty for a fox; the fat and sleepy little dormouse phalanger takes the place of a European dormouse.

    Falling in Love | Grant Allen

British Dictionary definitions for vulpine


/ (ˈvʌlpaɪn) /

  1. Also: vulpecular (vʌlˈpɛkjʊlə) of, relating to, or resembling a fox

  2. possessing the characteristics often attributed to foxes; crafty, clever, etc

Origin of vulpine

C17: from Latin vulpīnus foxlike, from vulpēs a fox

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