American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or resembling a fox.
- adj. Slyly clever; crafty: a foxy scheme.
- adj. Having a reddish-brown color.
- adj. Discolored, as by age or decay; foxed.
- adj. Slang Sensually attractive; sexy.
- adj. Having a distinctive sharp flavor or aroma: foxy American grapes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or characteristic of foxes; resembling or suggestive of a fox; hence, tricky; given to cunning or subtle artifice.
- Of the color of the common red fox; rufous; reddish; ferrugineous.
- Having the peculiar sickish-sweet taste and smell of the American fox-grape, illustrated in the familiar Concord grape.
- said of wine, beer, etc., which has soured in the course of fermentation.
- 2. Discolored, as by decay; stained; foxed. See foxed. Specifically applied in dyeing to colors which assume an undesirable reddish shade, due to insufficient soaping or chemicking.
- In painting, marked by a disagreeable, hot quality of color.
- Penetrating and well acquainted with the ways of the world; sharp; especially, having an air of knowingness: it then signifies a not very estimable character.
- adj. having the qualities of a fox
- adj. attractive, sexy
- adj. of a person red-haired.
- adj. of wine Having an animal-like odour
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Like or pertaining to the fox; foxlike in disposition or looks; wily; cunning.
- adj. Having the color of a fox; of a yellowish or reddish brown color; -- applied sometimes to paintings when they have too much of this color.
- adj. Having the odor of a fox; rank; strong smelling.
- adj. Sour; unpleasant in taste; -- said of wine, beer, etc., not properly fermented; -- also of grapes which have the coarse flavor of the fox grape.
- adj. Slang Attractive in a sexually appealing way; --of women.
- adj. Slang Stylish and sexually attractive; -- of women's clothing.
- adj. marked by skill in deception
- From fox + -y, from Old English fox, from West Germanic *fukhs, from Proto-Germanic *fuhsaz, from Proto-Indo-European *puk-so-, from *puk- (tail). (Wiktionary)
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