Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various carnivorous mammals of the genus Vulpes and related genera, related to the dogs and wolves and characteristically having upright ears, a pointed snout, and a long bushy tail.
  • n. The fur of one of these mammals.
  • n. A crafty, sly, or clever person.
  • n. Slang A sexually attractive person.
  • n. Nautical Small cordage made by twisting together two or more strands of tarred yarn.
  • n. Archaic A sword.
  • transitive v. To trick or fool by ingenuity or cunning; outwit.
  • transitive v. To baffle or confuse.
  • transitive v. To make (beer) sour by fermenting.
  • transitive v. To repair (a shoe) by attaching a new upper.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To intoxicate.
  • intransitive v. To act slyly or craftily.
  • intransitive v. To turn sour in fermenting. Used of beer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A red fox, small carnivore (Vulpes vulpes), related to dogs and wolves, with red or silver fur and a bushy tail.
  • n. 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).
  • n. The fur of a fox or fox fur.
  • n. A fox terrier.
  • n. The gemmeous dragonet, a fish, Callionymus lyra, so called from its yellow color.
  • n. A cunning person.
  • n. An attractive man or woman.
  • n. A small strand of rope made by twisting several rope-yarns together. Used for seizings, mats, sennits, and gaskets.
  • n. A wedge driven into the split end of a bolt to tighten it.
  • v. To trick, fool or outwit (someone) by cunning or ingenuity.
  • v. To confuse or baffle (someone).
  • v. To act slyly or craftily.
  • v. To discolour paper. Fox marks are spots on paper caused by humidity.
  • v. To turn sour; said of beer, etc., when it sours in fermenting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A carnivorous animal of the genus Vulpes, family Canidæ, of many species. The European fox (V. vulgaris or V. vulpes), the American red fox (V. fulvus), the American gray fox (V. Virginianus), and the arctic, white, or blue, fox (V. lagopus) are well-known species.
  • n. The European dragonet.
  • n. The fox shark or thrasher shark; -- called also sea fox. See Thrasher shark, under Shark.
  • n. A sly, cunning fellow.
  • n. Rope yarn twisted together, and rubbed with tar; -- used for seizings or mats.
  • n. A sword; -- so called from the stamp of a fox on the blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox.
  • n. A tribe of Indians which, with the Sacs, formerly occupied the region about Green Bay, Wisconsin; -- called also Outagamies.
  • intransitive v. To turn sour; -- said of beer, etc., when it sours in fermenting.
  • transitive v. To intoxicate; to stupefy with drink.
  • transitive v. To make sour, as beer, by causing it to ferment.
  • transitive v. To repair the feet of, as of boots, with new front upper leather, or to piece the upper fronts of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hunt the fox.
  • To employ crafty means; act with dissimulation.
  • To steal.
  • To become discolored: said of timber or of paper. See foxed, foxfire.
  • To turn sour: said of beer when it sours in fermenting.
  • To make sour, as beer in fermenting.
  • To intoxicate; fuddle; stupefy.
  • To become drunk.
  • To repair, as a shoe, by renewing the front upper-leather; also, to cover the upper of (a shoe) with a piece of ormnamental leather.
  • n. A carnivorous quadruped of the family Canidœ and of the vulpine or alope-coid series of canines, especially of the restricted genus Vulpes, as V. vulgaris of Europe.
  • n. Hence A sly, cunning fellow.
  • n. The gemmous dragonet: chiefly applied to the females and young males. Also called foxfish. [Local, Eng.]
  • n. Nautical, a seizing made by twisting several rope-yarns together and rubbing them down.
  • n. A sword.
  • n. A drain carried under another watercourse by means of a depressed culvert forming an inverted siphon. Commonly called a dip-culvert or a dive-culvert.
  • n. One of the northern constellations (Vulpecula), situated between the Constellations Of the Swan and the Dolphin.
  • n. A freshman in a German university.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of an Algonquian people formerly living west of Lake Michigan along the Fox River
  • v. deceive somebody
  • n. English statesman who supported American independence and the French Revolution (1749-1806)
  • n. the grey or reddish-brown fur of a fox
  • n. a shifty deceptive person
  • n. English religious leader who founded the Society of Friends (1624-1691)
  • n. alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs
  • v. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
  • v. become discolored with, or as if with, mildew spots
  • n. the Algonquian language of the Fox

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English fox, from Old English fox ("fox"), from Proto-Germanic *fuhsaz (“fox”), from Pre-Germanic *puḱsos (“tailed one”), from Proto-Indo-European *puḱ- (“tail”). Cognate with Scots fox ("fox"), West Frisian foks ("fox"), North Frisian Fering-Öömrang dialect foos, and Sölring and Heligoland dialects fos, Dutch vos ("fox"), Low German vos ("fox"), German Fuchs ("fox"), Icelandic fóa ("fox"), Tocharian B päkā ("tail, chowrie"), Russian пух (puch, "down, fluff"), Torwali pūš ("fox"), Hindi पूंछ (pū̃ch, "tail"). (Wiktionary)

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  • From Radio Prague:

    Tady dávají lišky dobrou noc - literally, “the foxes give goodnights here,�? which means there’s nothing going on here, you’ve found yourself in such an armpit of the world, that there is no one to talk to you, and only foxes left to tell you goodnight.

    October 9, 2009

  • I wasn't even aware that sionnach had a deck. *ponders*

    October 1, 2009

  • Psst... it means that sionnach carries between 20 and 24 nine-pounder guns on a single deck. I'd watch your whahahas if I were you. ;)

    September 27, 2009

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    September 26, 2009

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    September 26, 2009

  • Sixth-rate? Whahahaha!

    It's probably because of your news channel :-(

    September 26, 2009

  • And you could hide a pretty big alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail behind those appendages of yours, big-ears!

    But why the tag 'sixth rate'? Perhaps a certain ursine would like to comment, before I have to take you-know-what?

    *crouches, poised, besides the umbrage cellar*

    September 26, 2009

  • Han hade en räv bakom örat - He had a fox behind his ear, Swedish saying equivalent to "He had something up his sleeve."

    September 26, 2009

  • February 14, 2007