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[waks-wurk] /ˈwæksˌwɜrk/
a figure, ornament, or other object made of wax, or especially the life-size effigy of a person.
the bittersweet, Celastrus scandens.
Origin of waxwork
First recorded in 1690-1700; wax1 + work
Related forms
waxworker, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for waxwork
Historical Examples
  • She was a put-up thing of waxwork and a stuffed salmo ferox.

    Much Darker Days Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
  • They have no more life in them than a piece of waxwork, or a clothes-dummy at a tailor's door.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • I also recall a waxwork representation of the Birth in the Manger.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty

    Charles A. Murdock
  • She might have been a waxwork dummy out of Madame Tussaud's.

    Red Masquerade Louis Joseph Vance
  • It's not a common offer, bear in mind; it's Jarley's waxwork.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol III Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • Now, waxwork and skeleton seemed to have dark eyes that moved and looked at me.

    Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  • He had a feeling as if he had gone from a waxwork show and met a real woman.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • And a good-sized window, with waxwork figures in it to show off the goods.

    A Voyage of Consolation Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • At this last stage there is also a series of waxwork figures which symbolize the vanity of life and of human desire.

    A Tour of the Missions

    Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • But that laugh started the machinery of the group of waxwork figures with the wax-white skins.

    The Wendigo Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for waxwork


an object reproduced in wax, esp as an ornament
a life-size lifelike figure, esp of a famous person, reproduced in wax
(pl; functioning as singular or pl) a museum or exhibition of wax figures or objects
Derived Forms
waxworker, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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