fox: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (foks), [key]
— n., pl. v. fox•es, fox,
  1. any of several carnivores of the dog family, esp. those of the genus Vulpes, smaller than wolves, having a pointed, slightly upturned muzzle, erect ears, and a long, bushy tail.
  2. the fur of this animal.
  3. a cunning or crafty person.
  4. (cap.) a member of a tribe of North American Algonquian Indians, formerly in Wisconsin, later merged with the Sauk tribe.
  5. (cap.) the Algonquian language of the Fox, Sauk, and Kickapoo Indians.
  6. a scavenger, perhaps the jackal. Psalms 63:10; Lam. 5:18.
  7. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter F: replaced by Foxtrot.
  8. an attractive young woman or young man.
  1. to deceive or trick.
  2. to repair or make (a shoe) with leather or other material applied so as to cover or form part of the upper front.
  3. to intoxicate or befuddle.
  1. to act cunningly or craftily.
  2. (of book leaves, prints, etc.) to become foxed.


Pronunciation: (foks), [key]
— n.
  1. 1749–1806, British orator and statesman.
  2. 1624–91, English religious leader and writer: founder of the Society of Friends.
  3. See
  4. 1863–1919, U.S. novelist.
  5. 1833–93, and her sister(“Kate”), 1839–92, U.S. spiritualist mediums, born in Canada.
  6. 1812–93, New Zealand statesman, born in England: prime minister 1856, 1861–62, 1869–72, 1873.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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  • fox (Thesaurus)