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See also: Vixen


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Alteration of fixen (female fox), from Middle English fixen, from Old English fixen, *fyxen, fyxe (female fox), from Proto-Germanic *fuhsinjō (female fox). Voiced v- is from the Southern dialectal forms of Middle English. Compare German Füchsin (female fox). See also fox.



vixen (plural vixens)

  1. A female fox.
  2. A malicious, quarrelsome or temperamental woman.
    • 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.


  • (female fox): female fox
  • (malicious, quarrelsome or temperamental woman): For semantic relationships of this term, see shrew in the Thesaurus.
  • (racy or salacious woman): For semantic relationships of this term, see promiscuous woman or vamp in the Thesaurus.


  • (female fox): fox