[ beez-waks ]
/ ˈbizˌwæks /


verb (used with object)

to rub or treat with beeswax.

Origin of beeswax

First recorded in 1670–80; bee1 + 's1 + wax1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beeswax


/ (ˈbiːzˌwæks) /


  1. a yellowish or dark brown wax secreted by honeybees for constructing honeycombs
  2. this wax after refining, purifying, etc, used in polishes, ointments, and for modelling


(tr) to polish with such wax
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Word Origin and History for beeswax



1670s, from genitive of bee + wax. As a jocular alteration of business (usually in an injunction to someone to mind his own) attested from 1934 in Lower East Side slang as reproduced in Henry Roth's "Call It Sleep."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper