Fuchs

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Fuchs.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fjuːks/
    • (file)

Proper noun[edit]

Fuchs

  1. A surname​.

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Statistics[edit]

  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Fuchs is the 2,784th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 12,958 individuals. Fuchs is most common among White (95.03%) individuals.

Alemannic German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old High German fuhs, from Proto-Germanic *fuhsaz, from Proto-Indo-European *púḱsos (the tailed one). Cognate with German Fuchs, Dutch vos, English fox, also Sanskrit पुच्छ (puccha, tail), Tocharian B päkā (tail, chowry).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Fuchs m (plural Füchs, diminutive Füchsli)

  1. fox

German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German vuhs, from Old High German fuhs, from Proto-West Germanic *fuhs, from Proto-Germanic *fuhsaz, from Proto-Indo-European *púḱsos (the tailed one), from *puḱ- (tail). Cognate with English fox, Sanskrit पुच्छ (púccha).

Noun[edit]

Fuchs m (genitive Fuchses, plural Füchse, diminutive Füchslein n or Füchschen n, female Füchsin)

  1. fox (animal)
    Fuchs, du hast die Gans gestohlen. Gib sie wieder her!
    Fox, you stole the goose. Bring it back again!
    (line from a popular children’s song)
  2. (informal) a clever or cunning person
    Er ist ein ganz schöner Fuchs.
    He is a really handsome fox.
  3. (informal) a red-haired person
    Unser Paul ist ja ein kleiner Fuchs.
    Our Paul is a little redhead.
  4. (card games) In Doppelkopf, the ace of diamonds, which earns a side of players an extra point if they win it from the other side
    Ich hatte nur vier Trümpfe und darunter beide Füchse.
    I had only four trumps and among them were both aces of diamonds.
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Coordinate terms[edit]

(canids) Hund; Kojote, Hund, Fuchs, Schakal, Wolf (Category: de:Canids)

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Proper noun[edit]

Fuchs m or f (genitive Fuchs' or Fuchsens)

  1. A common surname originating as a nickname.
  2. A German Jewish surname​.

Etymology 2[edit]

Probably from an alteration of archaic Feist (fart). Compare the older variants Feix, Feits.

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Noun[edit]

Fuchs m (genitive Fuchses, plural Füchse)

  1. a member of a student fraternity in his first year
    • 1870, “Der Student auf Ferien”, in Die Gartenlaube[1], number 1, page 16:
      Und es werden wohl die ersten Ferien sein, die der Fuchs im Elternhause zubringt, denn Hund und Pfeife, Wasserstiefel und Verbindungsband stehen dem sammetröckigen Bruder Studio noch so neu, es sieht Alles noch so wohlgehalten aus, wie bemoostere Häupter es nicht zur Schau tragen können.
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    • 1918, Heinrich Mann, Der Untertan[2], Leipzig: Kurt Wolff Verlag, page 31:
      Ein Drama entstand, wenn ein junger Fuchs sich den Scherz machte, ihm das Bierglas wegzunehmen. Delitzsch rührte kein Glied, aber seine Miene, die dem geraubten Glase überall hin folgte, enthielt plötzlich den ganzen, stürmisch bewegten Ernst des Daseins, und er rief in sächsischem Schreitenor: []
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  2. (by extension) beginner; fresher
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Descendants[edit]
  • Danish: fuks
  • Norwegian: fuks
  • Swedish: fux

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