adjective, wav·i·er, wav·i·est.
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Definition for wavy (2 of 2)
noun, plural wa·vies.
ABOUT THIS WORD
What does wavy mean?
Popularized by hip-hop artist Max B, wavy is slang for something “cool,” “chill,” or “excellent.”
Where does wavy come from?
Between 2006 and 2009, New York City-based rapper Max B released acclaimed mixtapes like Wavie Crockett and Wave Gods in which he coined the terms the wave and wavy into the hip-hop lexicon. In his self-styled slang, Max B’s wave and wavy evoke a mellow feeling of creative energy and positivity, apparently riffing on slang terms like groovy, good vibes, and riding the wave. Other nicknames for Max B play on his signature slang, including Wavy Crockett, the Wavy One, and the Silver Surfer.
The term was soon embraced by rappers/singers like Cam’ron, Jim Jones, French Montana, Ty Dolla Sign, SZA, and Rick Ross, whose prominence helped boost wavy in hip-hop slang, from which it spread into the mainstream.
In January 2016, Kanye West entitled his upcoming album Waves, but fellow rapper and Max B friend Wiz Khalifa took issue. He tweeted “Please don’t take the wave” and “Max B is the wavy one. There is no wave without him.” This sparked a highly publicized feud between the rappers.
Although West eventually changed the title to The Life of Pablo, he gave wavy a considerable shout-out, featuring a voice recording of Max B that anoints West as “a wavy dude” and that he has “the official wave.” This has been interpreted as Max B giving West his blessing to ride the wave, so to speak.
How is wavy used in real life?
From hip-hop, wavy has spread to professional sports and other popular venues. NBA teams like the Toronto Raptors, for example, have notably used the term in social-media promotion. As now used by hip-hop fans and younger, often Black, adults, wavy has come to signify something as “excellent” or “cool” and is used to express various feelings of being “chill” or looking “sexy,” “fresh,” or “suave.”
On social media, wavy is often accompanied by the Water Wave emoji, and people enjoy using the slang while on an actual beach.
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for wavy
With her sweet smile, rosy cheeks, and wavy white-blond hair, she found money was easy to come by.
Boland is an immature kid with a lean, unsmiling face, ice-blue eyes, and wavy blond hair.One Red Rose for the Green Kid Who Won the Kentucky Derby|Red Smith|May 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The crowd collectively grooved out in the wavy interpretive dance-esque style that Deadheads do.Bob Weir on Drugged-Out Deadheads and Living in Jerry Garcia’s Shadow|Emily Shire|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gone are the wavy curls, glistening with sweat and flopping a full second behind his every move.
Perched atop a mountain of wavy, pulled-back hair is a mangled ball of manliness, a holdover from the days of the samurai.
She put both her hands on her temples and stroked her wavy hair gently, as though making it tidy.The Road to the Open|Arthur Schnitzler
But the stereotyped use of the bordure wavy in England with a set meaning, gives to the wavy variety a lack of desirability.
A star with wavy rays or points, which are six, eight, or sometimes even more in number: No. 242.
Basin broad, shallow, and regular or wavy; Eye medium, open.American Pomology|J. A. Warder
The head of the arch is wavy and formed mostly of convex curves.Portuguese Architecture|Walter Crum Watson