There are 2 definitions of fox in English:


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Pronunciation: /fɒks


1A carnivorous mammal of the dog family with a pointed muzzle and bushy tail, proverbial for its cunning.
  • Vulpes and three other genera, family Canidae: several species, including the red fox and the arctic fox
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  • Eagles, rattlesnakes, deer, pronghorn antelope, foxes, coyotes, and mountain lions roam the area.
  • There are 36 species of Canidae, including dogs, wolves, coyotes, jackals and foxes.
  • When raccoons, coatis, foxes, coyotes, skunks, or bears bit the models, they left tooth marks in the plasticine.
1.1 [mass noun] The fur of a fox.
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  • It will join that old fox stole I rescued from a charity shop.
2A cunning or sly person: a wily old fox
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  • However, he observed, the old fox was too cunning for them.
  • Indians cannot tolerate it if the old foxes keep fighting and hamper Bangalore's growth.
  • It has been quite a century for the old fox, after all.
3North American informal A sexually attractive woman.


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1Baffle or deceive (someone): the abbreviation foxed me completely
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  • But she throws in a slower serve which foxes the French player.
  • There are almost humorous situations: when a woman at a medical clinic tries to palm it off to an unsuspecting receptionist, and when an art dealer is foxed by the way his wife has been cheated.
  • The 22-year-old student admitted the greens had foxed him, but was delighted with his achievement of reaching the final.
1.1 [no object] dated Behave in a cunning or sly way: to his mind everybody was dodging and foxing
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  • But he made his disdain clear: as far back as 1954, he complained of his ‘beefing, threatening, foxing and conniving.’


Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vos and German Fuchs.



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  • Modern steeds did not follow a relatively smooth transition from the diminutive, foxlike forest browsers that were their earliest ancestors to those impressive, open-plains athletes we know today.
  • The foxlike smiles appeared on her advisors' faces again, and they nudged each other.
  • The ears were foxlike, the dilated eyes and pointed teeth were common to the family.

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There are 2 definitions of fox in English:


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Pronunciation: /fɒks

noun (plural same)

1A member of an American Indian people formerly living in southern Wisconsin, and now mainly in Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.
2 [mass noun] The Algonquian language of the Fox, now almost extinct.


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Relating to the Fox or their language.

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