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From fox +‎ -y.

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foxy (comparative foxier, superlative foxiest)

  1. Having the qualities of a fox.
  2. Cunning, sly.
  3. Attractive, sexy (of a woman).
  4. (of a person) Red-haired.
  5. (art) Using too much of the reddish-brown colours.
    • 1844, Benjamin Robert Haydon, Lectures on Painting and Design:
      His eye for colour was so exquisite that I do not think there is a single instance in all his works of a heated tint which is called foxy. This cannot be said of Rubens or Rembrandt []
    • 1870, Frederick Peter Seguier, A Critical and Commercial Dictionary of the Works of Painters:
      Although the skies of Brydael's pictures are often broken with rather heavy masses of orange and yellow clouds, yet, taking him altogether, he was not a 'foxy' painter; on the contrary, there is a silvery coolness about some of his pictures which pleases us.
  6. (of wine) Having an animal-like odour.

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