From (etyl), from (etyl) . More at (l).
A hand-held device consisting of concertinaed material, or slats of material, gathered together at one end, that may be opened out into the shape of a sector of a circle and waved back and forth in order to move air towards oneself and cool oneself.
An electrical device for moving air, used for cooling people, machinery, etc.
Anything resembling a hand-held fan in shape, e.g., a peacock’s tail.
An instrument for winnowing grain, by moving which the grain is tossed and agitated, and the chaff is separated and blown away.
- The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan .
A small vane or sail, used to keep the large sails of a smock windmill always in the direction of the wind.
- Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
* ceiling fan
* cooling fan
* desk fan
* exhaust fan
* extractor fan
* fan belt
* fan dance
* fan death
* hit the fan
* pedestal fan
* wall fan
To blow air on (something) by means of a fan (hand-held, mechanical or electrical) or otherwise.
* 1865 , (Lewis Carroll), (w, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
- We enjoyed standing at the edge of the cliff, being fanned by the wind. .
To slap (a behind, especially).
* 1934 , edition, ISBN 0553278193, page 148:
To move or spread in multiple directions from one point, in the shape of a hand-held fan.
- Alice took up the fan and gloves, and, as the hall was very hot, she kept fanning herself all the time she went on talking.
Shortened from (fanatic).
An admirer or aficionado, especially of a sport or performer; someone who is fond of something or someone; an admirer.
- I am a big fan of libraries.
A red fox, small carnivore (Vulpes vulpes ), related to dogs and wolves, with red or silver fur and a bushy tail.
*15th century ,
*:The fox went out on a chase one night, / he prayed to the Moon to give him light, / for he had many a mile to go that night / before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o. / He had many a mile to go that night / before he reached the town-o.
*:They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
Any of numerous species of small wild canids resembling the red fox. In the taxonomy they form the tribe Vulpini within the family Canidae, consisting of nine genera (see the ).
The fur of a fox.
A fox terrier.
The , so called from its yellow color.
A cunning person.
(lb) A physically attractive man or woman.
*1993 , (Laura Antoniou), (w) , p.90:
*:And Jerry was cute, you know, I liked him, but Frank was a total fox . And he was rougher than Jerry, you know, not so cultured.
*2012 , Adele Parks, Still Thinking of You
*:It wasn't just that Jayne was a fox – although, fuck, was she ever a fox. That arse, those tits, those lips. They could have a really good time together.
(lb) A small strand of rope made by twisting several rope-yarns together. Used for seizings, mats, sennits, and gaskets.
(lb) A wedge driven into the split end of a bolt to tighten it.
(lb) A sword; so called from the stamp of a fox on the blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox.
*(rfdate) (William Shakespeare)
*:Thou diest on point of fox .
* (a mammal related to dogs and wolves) tod
* (attractive man or woman) see also
* vixen (feminine form )
* crazy like a fox
* fox grape
* Fox Islands
* Fox River
* fox snake
* fox sparrow
* fox squirrel
* fox terrier
* fox trot
* kit fox
* red fox
* silver fox
* sly as a fox
To trick, fool or outwit (someone) by cunning or ingenuity.
To confuse or baffle (someone).
To act slyly or craftily.
To discolour paper. Fox marks are spots on paper caused by humidity.
- This crossword puzzle has completely foxed me.
To make sour, as beer, by causing it to ferment.
To turn sour; said of beer, etc., when it sours in fermenting.
To intoxicate; to stupefy with drink.
* (Samuel Pepys)
- The pages of the book show distinct foxing .
To repair (boots) with new front upper leather, or to piece the upper fronts of.
- I drank so much wine that I was almost foxed .