Pronunciation Noun


  1. A red fox, small carnivore (Vulpes vulpes), related to dogs and wolves, with red or silver fur and a bushy tail.
    the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
    • 15th century, The Fox (folk song), verse 1:
      The fox went out on a chase one night, / he prayed to the Moon to give him light, / for he had many a mile to go that night / before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o. / He had many a mile to go that night / before he reached the town-o.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], “The First Gun”, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗, page 1 ↗:
      They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
  2. Any of numerous species of small wild canids resembling the red fox. In the taxonomy they form the tribe Vulpini within the family Canidae, consisting of nine genera (see the Wikipedia article on the fox).
  3. The fur of a fox.
  4. A fox terrier.
  5. The gemmeous dragonet, a fish, Callionymus lyra, so called from its yellow color.
  6. A cunning person.
  7. (slang, metaphor) A physically attractive man or woman.
    • 1993, Laura Antoniou, The Marketplace series, p.90:
      And Jerry was cute, you know, I liked him, but Frank was a total fox. And he was rougher than Jerry, you know, not so cultured.
  8. (nautical) A small strand of rope made by twisting several rope-yarns together. Used for seizings, mats, sennits, and gaskets.
  9. (mechanics) A wedge driven into the split end of a bolt to tighten it.
  10. A hidden radio transmitter, finding which is the goal of radiosport.
    • 2006, H. Ward Silver, The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual
      Locating a hidden transmitter (the fox) has been a popular ham activity for many years.
  11. (cartomancy) The fourteenth Lenormand card.
  12. (obsolete) A sword; so called from the stamp of a fox on the blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox.
    • RQ
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: raposa
  • Russian: лиса́
  • French: renard
  • German: Fuchspelz
  • Russian: лиса́
Translations Translations
  • French: bombe
  • Russian: краса́вица

fox (foxes, present participle foxing; past and past participle foxed)

  1. (transitive) To trick, fool or outwit (someone) by cunning or ingenuity.
  2. (transitive) To confuse or baffle (someone).
    This crossword puzzle has completely foxed me.
  3. (intransitive) To act slyly or craftily.
  4. (intransitive) To discolour paper. Fox marks are spots on paper caused by humidity. (See foxing.)
    The pages of the book show distinct foxing.
  5. (transitive) To make sour, as beer, by causing it to ferment.
  6. (intransitive) To turn sour; said of beer, etc., when it sours in fermenting.
  7. (transitive) To intoxicate; to stupefy with drink.
    • I drank […] so much wine that I was almost foxed.
  8. (transitive) To repair (boots) with new front upper leather, or to piece the upper fronts of.
Translations Translations
  • French: troubler
  • Russian: обма́нывать
  • French: ruser
  • Russian: хитри́ть
Proper noun
  1. Surname derived from the name of the animal.
  2. A male given name
  3. (US, broadcasting, uncountable) Fox Broadcasting Company, a large television network from the USA.
    I watched a great show on Fox last night.
  • Russian: Фокс

fox (plural foxes)

  1. (soccer) Someone connected with Leicester City Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
  2. (dated) A member of the Outagamie or Meskwaki, a Native American people.

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