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Alteration of earlier fixen, from Middle English fixen, either from Old English *fyxen, from Proto-West Germanic *fuhsini, from Proto-Germanic *fuhsinī; the voiced v- comes from the Southern dialectal forms of Middle English. Alternatively, from the Old English adjective fyxen (of the fox), as in the phrase fixen hȳd (“fox skin”; compare Middle English foxen fox).[1]



vixen (plural vixens)

  1. A female fox.
  2. A malicious, quarrelsome or temperamental woman.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volumes (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar, [], →OCLC:
      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, Köln: Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, published 1999, page 54:
      [] 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.
    • 2002 June 2, WayForward, Shantae, Game Boy Color, level/area: Mimic's Dock:
      (Mimic): 'I used the plans to build a Steam Engine of my own. I was almost done when that vixen swiped it!'
  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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  1. ^ fixen, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.