\ 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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Her character's wavy hair and fashionable wardrobe have become almost as notorious on the show as Jughead's iconic beanie. Teen Vogue, "The Style Evolution of Camila Mendes," 1 May 2019 These new techniques create different types of curls, from spiral coils to wavy hair. Katie Berohn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Modern Hair Perms," 30 Apr. 2019 The second image sees Lively in an army green jacket, natural makeup, and her wavy hair let down. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Just Shared the Sweetest PDA Picture on Instagram," 15 Apr. 2019 Beauty Awards 2019 24 Slides There are a million reasons to love wavy hair: the easy movement, the effortless look, the versatility of all the styles loose bends lend themselves to. Glamour, "Beauty Awards: The 24 Best Wavy Hair Products of 2019," 25 Mar. 2019 Meester channeled Blair Waldorf's signature accessory and wore a pearl headband over her light brown, wavy hair. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Leighton Meester and Michelle Trachtenberg's Gossip Girl Reunion Involves a Murder Mystery and Headbands," 12 Mar. 2019 How to Brush Straight Hair While Dry Most people with straight or slightly wavy hair can benefit from drying brushing that distributes natural oils from the scalp down. Kristi Kellogg, Teen Vogue, "How To Brush Your Hair: 7 Tips For Brushing Your Hair The Right Way," 6 Sep. 2018 While most references for this look show wavy or straight hair, super curly hair can look just as gorgeous with these rolls. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "17 Genius Curly Hair Tips and Tricks," 1 Dec. 2017 Kim is sporting a white silk mini dress, long wavy hair, and bare feet in the pictures. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West Directed a Photoshoot with Kim Kardashian and It's Obviously Perfect," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of wavy

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wavy was circa 1586

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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