One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Resembling or likened to a fox.‘a terrier with a foxy expression’
- ‘Her skin was pale and unblemished like mine, and she had a nose like mine too - all foxy and pointy.’
- 1.1informal Cunning or sly in character.
crafty, wily, artful, guileful, devious, sly, knowing, scheming, designing, tricky, slippery, slick, manipulative, machiavellian, deceitful, deceptive, duplicitous, janus-facedView synonyms
- ‘The sweetest moments for a fighter are when time has given him the rounds to make him foxy and clever, but has not yet robbed him of the wherewithal to put it into to action.’
- 1.2informal (chiefly of a woman) sexually attractive.
attractive, pretty, handsome, good-looking, nice-looking, pleasing, alluring, prepossessing, as pretty as a pictureView synonyms
- ‘However, there were a lot of very foxy male and female dancers, so it was a good enough experience.’
- ‘He's insanely jealous of any man - the milkman, the dentist, even the teenage piano student he tutors - who encounters his foxy wife Zelda.’
- ‘Tall, mature, single, blue-blooded aristocrat, seeks tall, mature foxy lady who loves dressing in furs.’
- ‘Don't they just make you want to hop into a Porsche convertible, drive down to the beach, and enjoy a midnight stroll with a foxy lady?’
- ‘The foxy temptress and swooning beauty of popular imagination was a violent pragmatist for whom death held no chill.’
- ‘They had a female singer who also played the occasional keyboard line on a synth, a very foxy left-handed bass player (she was lovely!) and the guitarist chappy who I'd previously seen playing with another band.’
- ‘Point to young rockers: they are not living in a mansion with a limo in the bedroom with gold-plated champagne spigots in the backseat Jacuzzi; nor do they have a stable of foxy groupies waiting in the van.’
- ‘Dressed in a foxy pink velvet cocktail dress, she looks and sounds overjoyed, obviously loving the enthusiastic homecoming atmosphere.’
- ‘‘I love the look - very foxy,’ said one young woman who could be described as rather foxy herself.’
- ‘Bringing more good news from Sweden, these foxy female 20-somethings have been playing since pre-pubescence, and this well-timed stateside debut hits girlie bands and Strokes mimers where it hurts.’
- ‘For example, the next time your loved one catches you eyeing a foxy babe, patiently explain that you're entitled to stare because in another dimension you and that person got married and had 12 kids.’
- ‘Like many photographers, he goes after kids, babies, foxy ladies, handsome men.’
- ‘By night, he toils on his self-indulgent solo art film, obsessively documenting the minutiae of his life while the bigger picture-the growing distance between him and his foxy French lady friend Marlene-eludes him.’
- ‘Well, the other morning I pulled into the parking lot at the Sovereign Centre (a local shopping centre), and as I was looking for a spot to park, I saw this foxy looking lady walking to her car.’
- ‘Will you please go tell Mara and that foxy chick you're with to come down for dinner?’
- ‘Oh yeah, and the instructor was pretty damn foxy too.’
- 1.3 Reddish brown in color.scarlet, vermilion, ruby, ruby-red, ruby-coloured, cherry, cherry-red, cerise, cardinal, carmine, wine, wine-red, wine-coloured, claret, claret-red, claret-coloured, blood-redreddish, flaming red, flame-coloured, auburn, titian, chestnut, carroty, ginger, sandyView synonyms
- 1.4 (of wine) having a musky flavor.
- ‘There had been substantial bias against such new varieties, especially those including genes from American vine species, because of historical associations with poor wine quality and foxy flavours.’
- 1.5 (of paper or other material) marked with spots; foxed.
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