Definition of vixen in English:

vixen

Syllabification: vix·en
Pronunciation: /ˈviksən
 
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noun

1A female fox.
More example sentences
  • Gibbons says the females, or vixens, have a disturbing habit of making bloodcurdling screams in winter.
  • As the vixen's oestrus draws to a close, the dog fox stops guarding her and changes his behaviour dramatically, rapidly expanding into the neighbouring territories.
  • Now the vixen snapped at the dog's heels, so he turned on her and found himself harried again by her brother.
1.1A spiteful or quarrelsome woman.
More example sentences
  • He uses examples from a biblical hall of fame of female villains and vixens - Delilah is one - to warn women not to engage in various forms of deceit or trickery to land, or keep, a man.

Origin

late Middle English fixen, perhaps from the Old English adjective fyxen 'of a fox' The v- is from the form of the word in southern English dialect.

Derivatives

vixenish

adjective
More example sentences
  • It's not strong enough to be strident nor tender enough to be vixenish.

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