from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small terriers of a breed originating in England, having a white coat with dark markings and developed in both wire-haired and smooth-coated varieties. They were formerly used to drive foxes out of hiding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of two breeds of dog (the smooth fox terrier and the wire fox terrier) bred for fox hunting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. one of a peculiar breed of terriers, used in hunting to drive foxes from their holes, and for other purposes. There are rough- and smooth-haired varieties.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small lively black-and-white terriers formerly used to dig out foxes


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  • Fasten your safety belts, please,’ said the pretty air-hostess, walking alert as a fox terrier down the centre aisle.

    Tour de Force

  • As they entered, a wire-haired fox terrier of irreproachable breeding, rose from the hearth-rug and came to meet them with leisurely dignity.

    Police at the Funeral

  • "Nor little Possums," she hurried on, nodding her head and reaching out a caressing hand to where the fox terrier was ecstatically gnawing a deer-rib.


  • His old friends had given him the odd nickname Bobschiess [Shooting Bob] on account … of his likeness to his fox terrier which he was fond of provoking to bite his friends’ trousers.”

    Castles of Steel


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  • A type of dog bred originally for fox hunting, now noted for a variety of breeds including smooth, wirehaired, airedale, etc. They're all cute little buggers.

    February 21, 2007