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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
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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Examples from the web for waxy
  • But the wax seeped through the canvas, and the excess had to be removed from the painting's surface, leaving waxy residues.
  • Their thick, waxy flowers last four to six weeks, often longer.
  • There was that unmistakable waxy aroma and a blast of colors.
  • The skin of a healthy zucchini will have a waxy feel and should be unblemished.
  • When water drops on the leaf, it beads up and rolls off the waxy surface, washing away dirt as it goes.
  • When aquatic insects dive, the layer of air forms between their waxy body surfaces and their rough covering of hairs.
  • Prepared in this method, the waxy ball lasts several weeks and can be used when convenient or necessary.
  • White vinegar and lemon juice cut through greasy or waxy buildup, leaving the home smelling fresh and clean.
  • Dishes arrive on wooden boards with a slightly adhesive waxy surface, so that artful presentations don't slide around.
  • She quickly lost this lifelikeness, and became waxy and peaked.
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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