Definition of vulpine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvʌlpʌɪn/


1Relating to a fox or foxes: the thriving vulpine population
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  • Having an interest in all things vulpine, I was immediately hooked, and deserted Mr Waley's book of translations in favour of this new find.
  • He cannot believe that no one has approached him about being Basil Brush's straight man when the vulpine glove puppet resurfaces on TV next year.
  • The case for banning fox hunting - vulpine anxiety, human emotions that are unattractive - is breathtakingly slight.
1.1Crafty; cunning: Karl gave a vulpine smile
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  • His vulpine and aggressive disposition is responsible for much of the film's finest moments.
  • The camera often lingers on Penn's face, vulpine in its haughty, unspoken anger and canine in its chronic defeat.
  • The general public probably only vaguely recalls him as an edgy, vulpine presence in such 1960s fare as The Dirty Dozen and Rosemary's Baby.


Early 17th century: from Latin vulpinus, from vulpes 'fox'.

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