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waxy1

[wak-see] /ˈwæk si/
adjective, waxier, waxiest.
1.
resembling wax in appearance or characteristics:
His face had a waxy shine.
2.
abounding in, covered with, or made of wax:
Be careful! The floor is waxy.
3.
pliable, yielding, or impressionable:
a waxy personality.
Origin of waxy1
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; wax1 + -y1
Related forms
waxily, adverb
waxiness, noun

waxy2

[wak-see] /ˈwæk si/
adjective, waxier, waxiest. Chiefly British.
1.
Origin
First recorded in 1850-55; wax3 + -y1
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  • His face changed from its copper color to a dull, waxy yellow.

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  • The leaves are long and glossy; the blossoms are waxy white.

    Fil and Filippa John Stuart Thomson
  • And I went and put the fowls in instead of the dog, and he was waxy, so I had to knock a quid off.

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  • I'd like to tell mamma to try it, only she'd be sure to get waxy.

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  • And as for this waxy stuff spread over the talc, it's unique.

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British Dictionary definitions for waxy

waxy1

/ˈwæksɪ/
adjective waxier, waxiest
1.
resembling wax in colour, appearance, or texture
2.
made of, covered with, or abounding in wax
Derived Forms
waxily, adverb
waxiness, noun

waxy2

/ˈwæksɪ/
adjective waxier, waxiest
1.
(Brit, informal, old-fashioned) bad-tempered or irritable; angry
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Word Origin and History for waxy
adj.

1550s, "made of wax," from wax (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use from 1590s. Meaning "like wax" is from 1799. Related: Waxiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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