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waxy1

[wak-see] /ˈwæk si/
adjective, waxier, waxiest.
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 waxy1
1545-1555
1545-55; wax1 + -y1
Related forms
waxily, adverb
waxiness, noun

waxy2

[wak-see] /ˈwæk si/
adjective, waxier, waxiest. Chiefly British
1.
Origin
1850-55; wax3 + -y1
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  • Only a few golden oranges now remained on the trees, and amid the bright green leaves were thick clusters of waxy bloom.

  • 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
  • The body of it was waxy yellow, but on the side where the sun had touched it, it blushed a delicious deep red.

    Great Possessions David Grayson
  • And as for this waxy stuff spread over the talc, it's unique.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • It occurs in lumps of a reddish-yellow or brown colour, and has a waxy fracture.

  • If the potato has been frozen, a sweet flavor is developed, and the quality is waxy.

British Dictionary definitions for waxy

waxy1

/ˈwæksɪ/
adjective waxier, waxiest
1.
resembling wax in colour, appearance, or texture
2.
made of, covered with, or abounding in wax
Derived Forms
waxily, adverb
waxiness, noun

waxy2

/ˈwæksɪ/
adjective waxier, waxiest
1.
(Brit, 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.

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