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adjective, wav·i·er, wav·i·est.
  1. curving alternately in opposite directions; undulating: a wavy course; wavy hair.
  2. abounding in or characterized by waves: the wavy sea.
  3. resembling or suggesting waves: a cotton material with a wavy pattern.
  4. vibrating or tremulous; unsteady; wavering.
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Origin of wavy1

First recorded in 1555–65; wave + -y1
Related formswav·i·ly, adverbwav·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for waviness

Historical Examples

  • The waviness of wool is due to the spiral structure of the fibers.

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  • It is distinguished by its waviness and the scaly covering of the fibers.

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  • He was about twenty-one years of age, with sensitive features, and brown hair having a tendency to waviness.

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    Upton Sinclair

  • Is waviness of hair a pure or a mixed form, or sometimes one and sometimes the other?

  • From the waviness of many of the lines which should be straight, we think this print must be from an engraving on metal.

British Dictionary definitions for waviness


adjective wavier or waviest
  1. abounding in or full of waves
  2. moving or proceeding in waves or undulations
  3. (of hair) set in or having waves and curls
  4. unstable or wavering
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Derived Formswavily, adverbwaviness, noun
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Word Origin and History for waviness



1580s, from wave (n.) + -y (2).

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