[ waw-ter-weyv, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌweɪv, ˈwɒt ər- /
verb (used with object), wa·ter-waved, wa·ter-wav·ing.
to set (hair) in a water wave.
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Origin of water-wave
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
Definition for water-wave (2 of 2)
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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