\ ˈwā-vē How to pronounce wavy (audio) \
wavier; waviest

Definition of wavy

1 : rising or swelling in waves also : abounding in waves wavy hair
2 : moving with an undulating motion : fluctuating also : marked by wavering wavy lines
3 : marked by undulation : rolling

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Other Words from wavy

wavily \ ˈwā-​və-​lē How to pronounce wavily (audio) \ adverb
waviness \ ˈwā-​vē-​nəs How to pronounce waviness (audio) \ noun

Examples of wavy in a Sentence

She has wavy blond hair.

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Chun, a mild mannered man with high cheekbones and wavy grey hair, is one of a band of Korean pastors who specialize in helping North Korean women escape from China. Julie Zaugg, CNN, "These North Korean defectors were sold into China as cybersex slaves. Then they escaped," 9 June 2019 Sarah was all smiles and wavy yellow hair, stretching out her arms, wanting to be carried, wanting to be noticed. Leila Aboulela, Harper's magazine, "Whisky Lullaby," 10 Jan. 2019 When the two returned, the fur on Phoebe's left ear was restored to its natural, wavy state, as if peach syrup had never existed. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Park Avenue's Pet Whisperer," 3 Sep. 2014 The duo practically look like twins, sporting their pink pouts and sunkissed wavy lengths everywhere from the Emmy Awards to the streets of Hollywood. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Reese Witherspoon and Ava Phillippe Had a Mother-Daughter Twinning Moment at the Big Little Lies Premiere," 30 May 2019 Although we're used to seeing Hyland with very long straight or wavy hair, this isn't the first time she's taken a break from extensions and let her natural texture shine. Marci Robin, Allure, "Sarah Hyland Responds to Internet Troll Who Says Her Curly Hair Is Permed," 10 Apr. 2019 But for the most part, Rih's hair is typically styled in one of two ways: long and wavy or long and straight. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna’s Cornrows Have People Ready to Embrace Their Big Foreheads," 14 Mar. 2019 Aside from the blue model, which has a strange, wavy design on the lid, Lenovo opted not to pepper the notebook with metallic lines, soft-touch accent areas, or other conspicuous accents. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Yoga C930 2-in-1 review: Hidden features in all the right places," 26 Oct. 2018 Obama appears in an off-the-shoulder white T-shirt, her hair loose and wavy. chicagotribune.com, "Michelle Obama reveals the cover for her upcoming memoir," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of wavy

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wavy

: having the curving shape of a wave or of many waves


\ ˈwā-vē How to pronounce wavy (audio) \
wavier; waviest

Kids Definition of wavy

: like, having, or moving in waves wavy hair

Other Words from wavy

waviness noun

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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