\ 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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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 Glittery, jingle-bell covered brows are the the latest in the wacky brow trends taking over Instagram—remember wavy brows, or even better, feather brows?—but this one hits in that uncanny valley of somehow looking like a filter while not being one. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Christmas Tree Eyebrows Are Taking Over Instagram," 27 Nov. 2018 Markle has been vacillating between straight and wavy hair for her last few appearances, but her preference for a low and loose chignon has remained constant. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle is Borrowing Amal Clooney's Hairstylist For The Royal Wedding," 25 Apr. 2018 The results are quick and instant–your frizzy and unruly hair will be transformed into polished and texturized wavy locks. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "This Styling Cream Gives You A Perfect Blowout Look In Just Under A Minute," 20 Aug. 2015 The actress's wavy hair grazes the table, framing a gauzy pink dress. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Marin Hinkle On the Scene That Gave Her Hives," 8 Dec. 2018 Someone needs to give the not-so-stereotypical, wavy-haired Awkwafina a beauty deal—stat. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Why Are Beauty Ads Still Fetishizing Asian Women?," 17 Aug. 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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to boil down or concentrate

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