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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 wavy

First recorded in 1555–65; wave + -y1
Related formswav·i·ly, adverbwav·i·ness, noun


noun, plural wa·vies.
  1. wavey.
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Related Words for wavy

curved, curly, undulating, sinuous, coiled, bumpy, twisted, rolling, wavering, fluctuating, snaky, undulate, unstable, winding, flexuous, plangent, sinuate, squiggly, undulant

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British Dictionary definitions for wavy


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 wavy


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

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