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From Middle English foxish, equivalent to fox +‎ -ish.


foxish (comparative more foxish, superlative most foxish)

  1. Like or characteristic of a fox; foxlike; (by extension) sly.
    • 2002, Bryan David Cummins, First nations, first dogs:
      One was a "small, decidedly vulpine race," characterized by prominent, pointed, erect ears, pointed muzzle, silky hair and typically whitish belly. Consistent with foxish traits, the dogs were usually, brown, reddish or in some cases, white and gray.
    • 2008, Moishe Nadir, ‎Harvey Fink, That is how it is:
      Then, he is — more tigerish than the tiger, more skunkish than the skunk, more foxish than the fox.
    • 2009, Joseph V. Femia, Vilfredo Pareto:
      Different types of political organisation, such as constitutional arrangements protecting individual rights, were simply ruses generally adopted by foxish elites to pull the wool over the eyes of the people.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for foxish in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)