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


[wak-see] /ˈwæk si/
adjective, waxier, waxiest. Chiefly British.
First recorded in 1850-55; wax3 + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His face changed from its copper color to a dull, waxy yellow.

  • Above all, we wanted some waxy matter with which to experiment.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • 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.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • I'd like to tell mamma to try it, only she'd be sure to get waxy.

    The Beth Book

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

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
British Dictionary definitions for waxy


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


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

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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