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[waks-wurk] /ˈwæksˌwɜrk/
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
1690-1700; wax1 + work
Related forms
waxworker, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for waxwork
Historical Examples
  • It is a better plan than that he once proposed, of getting Mrs. Wright to make him a waxwork wife to sit at the head of his table.

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

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • A many, many, beautiful corpses she laid out, as nice and neat as waxwork.

    Oliver Twist, Illustrated Charles Dickens
  • Now, waxwork and skeleton seemed to have dark eyes that moved and looked at me.

    Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  • We do not really need a waxwork art by Wardour Street professionals.

  • He had a feeling as if he had gone from a waxwork show and met a real woman.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • And a good-sized window, with waxwork figures in it to show off the goods.

    A Voyage of Consolation Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • At this last stage there is also a series of waxwork figures which symbolize the vanity of life and of human desire.

    A Tour of the Missions Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • He was off in a moment, and sat facing the audience in his magnetic trance, looking like a figure at a waxwork show.

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
  • It is one of the most beautiful of dessert fruits: it has no down on the skin, being entirely smooth and beautiful, like waxwork.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
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
(pl; functioning as singular or pl) a museum or exhibition of wax figures or objects
Derived Forms
waxworker, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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