Definitions

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

  • n. A female fox.
  • n. A woman regarded as quarrelsome, shrewish, or malicious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female fox.
  • n. A malicious, quarrelsome or temperamental woman.
  • n. A racy or salacious woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A female fox.
  • n. A cross, ill-tempered person; -- formerly used of either sex, now only of a woman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A she-fox.
  • n. Hence A turbulent, quarrelsome woman; a scold; a termagant: formerly used occasionally of a man.
  • Vixenish.

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

  • n. a malicious woman with a fierce temper
  • n. a female fox

Etymologies

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

From dialectal alteration of Middle English fixen, from Old English fyxe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English fixen ("of a fox"), fyxen. Voiced v- is from Southern dialect. Compare German Füchsin. See also fox.

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  • Interesting comment among the definitions from American Heritage.

    December 24, 2009

  • I've known a few.

    January 10, 2007