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waxy1

[wak-see]
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adjective, wax·i·er, wax·i·est.
  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

First recorded in 1545–55; wax1 + -y1
Related formswax·i·ly, adverbwax·i·ness, noun

waxy2

[wak-see]
adjective, wax·i·er, wax·i·est. Chiefly British.
  1. angry.

Origin of waxy2

First recorded in 1850–55; wax3 + -y1
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Examples from the Web for waxy

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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 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.


British Dictionary definitions for waxy

waxy1

adjective waxier or waxiest
  1. resembling wax in colour, appearance, or texture
  2. made of, covered with, or abounding in wax
Derived Formswaxily, adverbwaxiness, noun

waxy2

adjective waxier or waxiest
  1. British informal, old-fashioned bad-tempered or irritable; angry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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