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vixen

[vik-suh n] /ˈvɪk sən/
noun
1.
a female fox.
2.
an ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (south); replacing earlier fixen, Middle English (north), for Old English fyxe, feminine of fox fox (compare fyxen (adj.) pertaining to a fox, Old High German fuhsin (noun) vixen)
Related forms
vixenish, vixenly, adjective
Synonyms
2. shrew, scold, virago, harpy, termagant.
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vixen

/ˈvɪksən/
noun
1.
a female fox
2.
a quarrelsome or spiteful woman
Derived Forms
vixenish, adjective
vixenishly, adverb
vixenishness, noun
vixenly, adverb, adjective
Word Origin
C15: fixen; related to Old English fyxe, feminine of fox; compare Old High German fuhsīn
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Word Origin and History for vixens
vixen
O.E. *fyxen (implied in adj. fyxan), fem. of fox (see fox, and cf. M.H.G. vühsinne, Ger. füchsin). Solitary English survival of the Germanic feminine suffix -en, -in (cf. O.E. gyden "goddess;" mynecen "nun," from munuc "monk;" wlyfen "she-wolf"). The fig. sense "ill-tempered woman" is attested from 1575. The spelling shift from -f- to -v- began late 1500s (see V).
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