[waw-ter-weyv, wot-er-]

verb (used with object), wa·ter-waved, wa·ter-wav·ing.

to set (hair) in a water wave.

Nearby words

  1. water-soak,
  2. water-soluble,
  3. water-trap stomach,
  4. water-tube boiler,
  5. water-vascular system,
  6. water-witch,
  7. waterage,
  8. waterbed,
  9. waterboard,
  10. waterboarding

Origin of water-wave

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

water wave


a wave on the surface of a body of water.
a wave combed or pressed into wet hair and then dried.

Origin of water wave

First recorded in 1550–60

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