One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to a fox or foxes.‘the thriving vulpine population’
- ‘The case for banning fox hunting - vulpine anxiety, human emotions that are unattractive - is breathtakingly slight.’
- ‘From his high forehead and shining, golden eyes to the long, glossy brush of his tail, his bearing and demeanor spoke of vulpine royalty.’
- ‘Having an interest in all things vulpine, I was immediately hooked, and deserted Mr Waley's book of translations in favour of this new find.’
- ‘Keepers haven't seen any vulpine intruders for several months in the 67-acre enclosure, but the penguins continue to be kept under lock and key for their own safety.’
- ‘He cannot believe that no one has approached him about being Basil Brush's straight man when the vulpine glove puppet resurfaces on TV next year.’
- 1.1 Crafty; cunning.‘Karl gave a vulpine smile’
crafty, wily, artful, guileful, devious, sly, knowing, scheming, designing, tricky, slippery, slick, manipulative, machiavellian, deceitful, deceptive, duplicitous, janus-facedView synonyms
- ‘His vulpine and aggressive disposition is responsible for much of the film's finest moments.’
- ‘Starring the brusque and vulpine Vladimir Mashkov, Tycoon is an engaging product of the wild-and-crazy school of Eastern European filmmaking.’
- ‘But, while she stares straight ahead - aloof, resigned - he diverts his gaze momentarily from the road to engage us with a look of such vulpine knowingness that we begin to wonder just what exactly he has in mind.’
- ‘The camera often lingers on Penn's face, vulpine in its haughty, unspoken anger and canine in its chronic defeat.’
- ‘The general public probably only vaguely recalls him as an edgy, vulpine presence in such 1960s fare as The Dirty Dozen and Rosemary's Baby.’
Early 17th century: from Latin vulpinus, from vulpes ‘fox’.
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