waxy

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[ wak-see ]
/ ˈwæk si /

adjective, wax·i·er, wax·i·est.

resembling wax in appearance or characteristics: His face had a waxy shine.
abounding in, covered with, or made of wax: Be careful! The floor is waxy.
pliable, yielding, or impressionable: a waxy personality.

Origin of waxy

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First recorded in 1545–55; wax1 + -y1
Related formswax·i·ly, adverbwax·i·ness, noun

Definition for waxy (2 of 2)

waxy

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[ wak-see ]
/ ˈwæk si /

adjective, wax·i·er, wax·i·est. Chiefly British.

Origin of waxy

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First recorded in 1850–55; wax3 + -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for waxy (1 of 2)

waxy

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/ (ˈwæksɪ) /

adjective waxier or waxiest

resembling wax in colour, appearance, or texture
made of, covered with, or abounding in wax
Derived Formswaxily, adverbwaxiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for waxy (2 of 2)

waxy

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/ (ˈwæksɪ) /

adjective waxier or waxiest

British informal, old-fashioned bad-tempered or irritable; angry
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Word Origin and History for waxy

waxy


adj.

1550s, "made of wax," from wax (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use from 1590s. Meaning "like wax" is from 1799. Related: Waxiness.

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