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See also: Vixen


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Alteration of earlier fixen, from Middle English fixen, from Old English fyxen, from Proto-West Germanic *fuhsini; synchronically analyzable as fox +‎ -en. Voiced v- is from the Southern dialectal forms of Middle English.



vixen (plural vixens)

  1. A female fox.
  2. A malicious, quarrelsome or temperamental woman.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar [], OCLC 928184292:
      He was prudent and industrious, and so good a husbandman, that he might have led a very easy and comfortable life, had not an arrant vixen of a wife soured his domestic quiet.
    • 1859:, George Eliot. Adam Bede: page 54. Köln: Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, 1999:
      [] and if Solomon was as wise as he is reputed to be, I feel sure that when he compared a contentious woman to a continual dripping on a very rainy day, he had not a vixen in his eye–a fury with long nails, acrid and selfish.
  3. (colloquial) A racy or salacious woman who is sexually attractive.
  4. (colloquial) A wife who has sex with other men with her husband's consent.



  • (female fox): fox

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