a figure, ornament, or other object made of wax, or especially the life-size effigy of a person.
the bittersweet, Celastrus scandens.

Origin of waxwork

First recorded in 1690–1700; wax1 + work
Related formswax·work·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for waxwork

Historical Examples of waxwork

  • She was a put-up thing of waxwork and a stuffed salmo ferox.

    Much Darker Days

    Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)

  • They have no more life in them than a piece of waxwork, or a clothes-dummy at a tailor's door.


    Samuel Smiles

  • I also recall a waxwork representation of the Birth in the Manger.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty

    Charles A. Murdock

  • She might have been a waxwork dummy out of Madame Tussaud's.

    Red Masquerade

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • It's not a common offer, bear in mind; it's Jarley's Waxwork.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol III

    Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.

British Dictionary definitions for waxwork



an object reproduced in wax, esp as an ornament
a life-size lifelike figure, esp of a famous person, reproduced in wax
(plural; functioning as singular or plural) a museum or exhibition of wax figures or objects
Derived Formswaxworker, noun
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