waxy

1
[wak-see]
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adjective, wax·i·er, wax·i·est.
  1. resembling wax in appearance or characteristics: His face had a waxy shine.
  2. abounding in, covered with, or made of wax: Be careful! The floor is waxy.
  3. pliable, yielding, or impressionable: a waxy personality.

Origin of waxy

1
First recorded in 1545–55; wax1 + -y1
Related formswax·i·ly, adverbwax·i·ness, noun

waxy

2
[wak-see]
adjective, wax·i·er, wax·i·est. Chiefly British.
  1. angry.

Origin of waxy

2
First recorded in 1850–55; wax3 + -y1
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Examples from the Web for waxy

Contemporary Examples of waxy

Historical Examples of waxy

  • His face changed from its copper color to a dull, waxy yellow.

  • Above all, we wanted some waxy matter with which to experiment.

  • The leaves are long and glossy; the blossoms are waxy white.

    Fil and Filippa

    John Stuart Thomson

  • And I went and put the fowls in instead of the dog, and he was waxy, so I had to knock a quid off.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • I'd like to tell mamma to try it, only she'd be sure to get waxy.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand


British Dictionary definitions for waxy

waxy

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adjective waxier or waxiest
  1. resembling wax in colour, appearance, or texture
  2. made of, covered with, or abounding in wax
Derived Formswaxily, adverbwaxiness, noun

waxy

2
adjective waxier or waxiest
  1. British informal, old-fashioned bad-tempered or irritable; angry
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Word Origin and History for waxy
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper