vixen


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vix·en

 (vĭk′sən)
n.
1. A female fox.
2.
a. A woman regarded as sexually alluring.
b. A woman regarded as quarrelsome or ill-tempered.

[From dialectal alteration of Middle English fixen, from Old English fyxe.]

vix′en·ish adj.
vix′en·ish·ly adv.
vix′en·ish·ness n.
Word History: In the traditional dialects of Devon, Somerset, and Cornwall, counties of southern England, words that begin with the voiceless fricative sounds (f) and (s) are pronounced instead with voicing, as (v) and (z). (The local rendering of the county name Somerset, in fact, is "Zomerzet.") The voicing is due to a Middle English sound change and may have roots even earlier. At least three examples of this dialectal pronunciation have entered standard English: vat, vane, and vixen. The first of these is a variant of an earlier word fat; the pronunciation with (f) was still used in the 1800s before being displaced by the southern pronunciation (văt). Vane, which used to mean "flag," has a cognate in the German word for "flag," Fahne, showing the original f. Vixen, finally, represents the southern pronunciation of a word that goes back to Old English fyxe, the feminine of fox. It was formed by a change in the root vowel of fox and the addition of a suffix -e or -en. Besides being one of the rare southern English dialect forms to have come into standard English, vixen is also the only survival of this type of feminine noun in the modern language.

vixen

(ˈvɪksən)
n
1. (Animals) a female fox
2. a quarrelsome or spiteful woman
[C15: fixen; related to Old English fyxe, feminine of fox; compare Old High German fuhsīn]
ˈvixenish adj
ˈvixenishly adv
ˈvixenishness n
ˈvixenly adv, adj

vix•en

(ˈvɪk sən)

n.
1. a female fox.
2. an ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman.
[1375–1425; late Middle English (south); replacing earlier fixen, Middle English (north), for Old English fyxe, feminine of fox fox (compare Old High German fuhsin vixen)]
vix′en•ish, vix′en•ly, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vixen - a malicious woman with a fierce tempervixen - a malicious woman with a fierce temper
disagreeable woman, unpleasant woman - a woman who is an unpleasant person
2.vixen - a female fox
fox - alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs

vixen

noun shrew, fury, spitfire, virago, harpy, scold, harridan, termagant (rare), hellcat, Xanthippe, ballbreaker (slang) She claims she has been caricatured as a vampish vixen by the press.

vixen

noun
A person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes:
Informal: battle-ax.
Translations
ثَعْلَبَه
liška
hunræv
vulpino
naaraskettu
nőstény róka
refalæîa
lapsu mātīte
dişi tilki

vixen

[ˈvɪksn] N
1. (= female fox) → zorra f, raposa f
2. (pej) (= bad-tempered woman) → arpía f, bruja f

vixen

[ˈvɪksən] n
(= fox) → renarde f
(pejorative) (= woman) → mégère f

vixen

n (Zool) → Füchsin f; (fig)zänkisches Weib, Drachen m (inf)

vixen

[ˈvɪksn] nvolpe f femmina (pej) (woman) → vipera

vixen

(ˈviksn) noun
a female fox. The vixen was followed by her cubs.
References in classic literature ?
I had admired him distantly for more than a year; and Vixen, my own fox-terrier, knew him too, but did not approve.
"Well, Vixen, well then, how are the babbies?" said the schoolmaster, making haste towards the chimney-corner and holding the candle over the low hamper, where two extremely blind puppies lifted up their heads towards the light from a nest of flannel and wool.
Little Vixen, my fox terrier, went out through the other side; and then there was a roaring and a grunting and bubbling, and I saw the tent cave in, as the pole snapped, and begin to dance about like a mad ghost.
And the youngest is something of a vixen. By the way, she gets married in a couple of weeks from now."
(and evil-smelling) old woman made of vixen and bear, whom I hated from the beginning.
"Follow your mother-in-law," cried the landlady, suddenly dropping the character of a martyr, and assuming the character of a vixen in its place.
"She was at her wash- tub an' I was in a bad temper an' talkin' ill of folk, an' she turns round on me an' says: `Tha' young vixen, tha'!
She did that because I took your part and said you ought to have come--little vixen!--else she would never have sent you that silly note.
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.
It was his own fault; but it was a china plate, the last of the dinner service that had belonged to his grandmother, old Vixen Tod.
"Vixen," replied Ulysses, scowling at her, "I will go and tell Telemachus what you have been saying, and he will have you torn limb from limb."
You may go on and on till you get there, and I shall not care one whit for your displeasure; you are the greatest vixen living."