Adjective "vulpine" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to a fox or foxes.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'From his high forehead and shining, golden eyes to the long, glossy brush of his tail, his bearing and demeanor spoke of vulpine royalty.'
  3. '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.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'Starring the brusque and vulpine Vladimir Mashkov, Tycoon is an engaging product of the wild-and-crazy school of Eastern European filmmaking.'
  6. '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.'


1. of or resembling a fox.

2. cunning or crafty.

More examples(as adjective)

"smiles can be vulpine."

"populations can be vulpine."

"grins can be vulpine."

"behaviours can be vulpine."


Early 17th century: from Latin vulpinus, from vulpes ‘fox’.