A fox is a small, dog-like wild animal with pointed ears and nose, and a thick tail. A red fox has dark front legs that look like little opera gloves. They’re sneaky, so a fox can also be a tricky person.

There are different kinds of foxes, but they all have a reputation for sneaking around and stealing stuff. Because they’re known for being wily and smart, you can use the word fox to describe someone who's sly: "That old fox always manages to get other people to buy his lunch." Colloquially, a fox is also an attractive person. They say don’t let a fox guard the henhouse, even if the fox is really good looking.

Definitions of fox
  1. noun
    alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs
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    a female fox
    a conventional name for a fox used in tales following usage in the old epic `Reynard the Fox'
    Vulpes vulpes, red fox
    the common Old World fox; having reddish-brown fur; commonly considered a single circumpolar species
    Vulpes fulva, red fox
    New World fox; often considered the same species as the Old World fox
    Vulpes velox, kit fox, prairie fox
    small grey fox of the plains of western North America
    Vulpes macrotis, kit fox
    small grey fox of southwestern United States; may be a subspecies of Vulpes velox
    Alopex lagopus, Arctic fox, white fox
    thickly-furred fox of Arctic regions; brownish in summer and white in winter
    Urocyon cinereoargenteus, gray fox, grey fox
    dark grey American fox; from Central America through southern United States
    black fox
    red fox in the color phase when its pelt is mostly black
    silver fox
    red fox in the color phase when its pelt is tipped with white
    blue fox
    a variety of Arctic fox having a pale grey winter coat
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    canid, canine
    any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles
  2. noun
    the grey or reddish-brown fur of a fox
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    fur, pelt
    the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
  3. noun
    a shifty deceptive person
    synonyms: dodger, slyboots
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    beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster
    someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
  4. verb
    deceive somebody
    synonyms: flim-flam, fob, play a joke on, play a trick on, play tricks, pull a fast one on, trick
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    fool or dupe
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    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
    be false to; be dishonest with
  5. verb
    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
    synonyms: bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fuddle, throw
    confuse, disconcert, flurry, put off
    cause to feel embarrassment
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    demoralise, demoralize
    confuse or put into disorder
    amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    disorient, disorientate
    cause to be lost or disoriented
    mix up, stump
    cause to be perplexed or confounded
    set a difficult problem or riddle
    elude, escape
    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  6. verb
    become discolored with, or as if with, mildew spots
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    become spotted
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