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vixen

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɪks(ə)n
 
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Definition of vixen in English:

noun

1A female fox.
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.
1.1 informal A spirited or quarrelsome woman: the outrageous little shaven-headed vixen from Domino’s Pizza
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.
Synonyms
virago, harridan, shrew, dragon, termagant, cat, witch, hellcat, she-devil, tartar, martinet, spitfire, hag, gorgon, fury, ogress, harpy, nag
informal bitch
archaic scold
rare Xanthippe

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

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • It's not strong enough to be strident nor tender enough to be vixenish.

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