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

  • adj. Discolored with yellowish-brown stains: "Their set of George Eliot was foxed and buckled by the rain” ( John Cheever).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of fox.; baffled; outwitted.
  • adj. Of paper, having yellowish brown stains.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Discolored or stained; -- said of timber, and also of the paper of books or engravings.
  • adj. Repaired by foxing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Discolored by incipient decay: said of timber.
  • Discolored, stained, or spotted: said of books or prints, with reference to the paper.
  • Covered by a foxing, as a shoe.


Perhaps from the color of foxes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Clean your act up, Blotchykins.

    September 26, 2009

  • fore-edge sl. foxed else fine

    I takes foxy umbrage at the implication here.

    September 26, 2009

  • According to, 'having brown stains or blotches'.
    e.g. "Cloth, top edge foxed, fore-edge sl. foxed else fine in d/w."

    September 26, 2009