\ˈwā-vē \
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 \ adverb
waviness \ˈwā-vē-nəs \ noun

Examples of wavy in a Sentence

She has wavy blond hair.

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Before this cut, Jenner had remained committed to her long, wavy tresses. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Did New Mom Kylie Jenner Just Dye Her Hair Blonde? 'I Think I Was Meant to Be' She Says," 26 Mar. 2018 Before getting her hair braided in late June, model Salem Mitchell had a long, wavy weave. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Model Salem Mitchell Is Sick of Black Women's Hairstyles Being Labeled "Ghetto"," 13 July 2018 Of the oysters, Kumamotos, a smaller, more delicately flavored variety, with wavy shells and deep cups, seem most at home in Humboldt Bay. Richard Stenger, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know about the oyster capital of California," 3 July 2018 The woman described the attacker as a roughly 5-feet-6-inch, 150-pound white man or light-skinned Latino with short, thick, wavy hair. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Public's help sought to locate a man who grabbed, threatened woman in Vista," 27 June 2018 The suspect is described as a white man of medium build, around 5ft 7ins tall, with brown and grey wavy hair. Jay Akbar, Fox News, "Police release bizarre composite of suspected 'conman' wearing comically large sunglasses," 26 May 2018 The stage, carpeted in acres of deep vermillion, was edged with two decorative palm trees, their wavy trunks climbing upward to the ceiling, fronds painted gold. Laura Bannister, Vogue, "Where to Go in Riga, Latvia, the New Arts Hub of the Baltic," 17 June 2018 The shaggy-haired 1,200-pound bull whose wavy locks often cover his eyes was hard to miss. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "After crowdfunding campaign, Dudley the Scottish Highland bull retires in style," 12 June 2018 Wearing a black Dior dress with red heart detailing and wavy extensions that were practically butt-length, Hadid gave a big hug to editor Carine Roitfeld. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Bella Hadid Partied in Honor of Dior’s Backstage Collection," 8 June 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 \
wavier; waviest

Kids Definition of wavy

: like, having, or moving in waves wavy hair

Other Words from wavy

waviness noun

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