vixen

A vixen is a female fox. Or it can be a woman with a temper. If you really want to insult a woman who is a little short on patience, call her a vixen. She won’t like it.

Somewhere along the line the word vixen came to mean a hot-headed or ill-tempered person. Nowadays vixen is often used as a derisive term for an unpleasant or mean woman. Vixen also gets used frequently in descriptions of female film characters. In this way it doesn’t really mean that the character is bad tempered. As slang, to call someone a vixen means that she's sexy and flirtatious, a label she may or may not like.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: vixen

1
n
a female fox
2
n
a malicious woman with a fierce temper
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: vixen
1

n a female fox

Type of:
fox
alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs
2

n a malicious woman with a fierce temper

Synonyms:
harpy, hellcat
Type of:
disagreeable woman, unpleasant woman
a woman who is an unpleasant person
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