Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To intoxicate; fuddle; stupefy.
  • To become drunk.
  • To hunt the fox.
  • To employ crafty means; act with dissimulation.
  • To steal.
  • 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.
  • noun A sword.
  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun One of the northern constellations (Vulpecula), situated between the Constellations Of the Swan and the Dolphin.
  • noun A freshman in a German university.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Hence A sly, cunning fellow.
  • noun The gemmous dragonet: chiefly applied to the females and young males. Also called foxfish. [Local, Eng.]
  • noun Nautical, a seizing made by twisting several rope-yarns together and rubbing them down.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The European dragonet.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The fox shark or thrasher shark; -- called also sea fox. See Thrasher shark, under Shark.
  • noun colloq. A sly, cunning fellow.
  • noun (Naut.) Rope yarn twisted together, and rubbed with tar; -- used for seizings or mats.
  • noun obsolete A sword; -- so called from the stamp of a fox on the blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox.
  • noun (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians which, with the Sacs, formerly occupied the region about Green Bay, Wisconsin; -- called also Outagamies.
  • noun A game with sixteen checkers, or some substitute for them, one of which is called the fox, and the rest the geese; the fox, whose first position is in the middle of the board, endeavors to break through the line of the geese, and the geese to pen up the fox.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a large fruit bat of the genus Pteropus, of many species, inhabiting Asia, Africa, and the East Indies, esp. P. medius of India. Some of the species are more than four feet across the outspread wings. See Fruit bat.
  • noun a bolt having a split end to receive a fox wedge.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the tail of a fox.
  • noun a disease in which the hair falls off; alopecy.
  • noun (Bot.) the name of two species of American grapes. The northern fox grape (Vitis Labrusca) is the origin of the varieties called Isabella, Concord, Hartford, etc., and the southern fox grape (Vitis vulpina) has produced the Scuppernong, and probably the Catawba.
  • noun A horse ridden in a fox chase.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the thrasher shark. See Thrasher shark, under Thrasher.
  • noun pretended sleep.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a large American sparrow (Passerella iliaca); -- so called on account of its reddish color.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a large North American squirrel (Sciurus niger, or S. cinereus). In the Southern States the black variety prevails; farther north the fulvous and gray variety, called the cat squirrel, is more common.
  • noun (Zoöl.) one of a peculiar breed of terriers, used in hunting to drive foxes from their holes, and for other purposes. There are rough- and smooth-haired varieties.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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