The deacon's wife grew sick, and the vile, vinegar-tongued, vixenish virago said that the deacon was an old brute.
He offered his hand to her, sheepishly, and she gave it a vixenish slap.
She was of too great a stateliness to put herself into ungraceful or vixenish attitudes.
She dreaded the vixenish Miss Sugg less than the too complaisant manager.
Lady Tester is a refutation of the theory, which must have been invented by a vixenish woman who was not clever.
She was vixenish, she was selfish, she was dishonest and grasping; but she was religious.
Played it from the moment he entered his house until the moment he daily disappeared, astride the vixenish undersized cayuse.
There came a vixenish gleam into the old woman's faded eyes.
When he gave me his switch, the vixenish animal came at once into subjection to save herself a good whipping.
Her eyes turned, and she fixed a vixenish look upon Miss Eunice.
Old English *fyxen (implied in adjective fyxan), fem. of fox (see fox, and cf. Middle High German vühsinne, German füchsin). Solitary English survival of the Germanic feminine suffix -en, -in (cf. Old English gyden "goddess;" mynecen "nun," from munuc "monk;" wlyfen "she-wolf"). The figurative sense "ill-tempered woman" is attested from 1570s. The spelling shift from -f- to -v- began late 1500s (see V).