\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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Despite the woman's appearance—deep, tan, racially ambiguous skin; full lips; and wavy hair—a deeper dive through Emma Hallberg's feed showed that before all the spray tans, her skin was actually quite pale. Teryn Payne, Glamour, "White Influencers Appearing Black Is the Instagram Trend No One Asked For," 14 Nov. 2018 Spirals were giving extra spring with the help of small-sized curling irons, short styles and natural textures were zhuzhed up and topped with product to shine, while long, straight and wavy hair was given the bouncy Victoria's Secret blowout. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018: Why Charlotte Tilbury Didn't Use Highlighter on the Angels," 8 Nov. 2018 Her wavy hair was reminiscent of her mother's trademark blonde locks. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Reese Witherspoon Had a Twinning Moment with Her Daughter Ava Phillippe at a Gala in L.A.," 22 Oct. 2018 Plus, as a nighttime shower person, bedhead is a serious issue for my wavy hair. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "This $42 Silk Pillowcase From Fishers Finery Is the Best Damn Investment I've Ever Made," 1 Oct. 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge opted for more of a romantic look, however, in a flared tea-length dress and loose wavy hair. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's West End Look Is Completely Different From Kate Middleton's," 29 Aug. 2018 As young Donna, Lily James is resplendent: a riot of blond wavy hair, a huge smile, and a gorgeous voice. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a kooky, poppy romp," 18 July 2018 Jenner, who also accessorized with a ring, a pair of earrings and black pumps, kept her glam simple for the soirée with a wavy hairstyle and natural-looking nails. Mariah Haas, PEOPLE.com, "Kendall Jenner Jokes About Her Daring Decision to Step Out Braless in a Sheer Dress: 'Oops'," 11 May 2018 My hair is naturally predominantly wavy, not quite curly, with straight segments. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "3 Women on Getting Timothée Chalamet–Inspired Haircuts," 15 June 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 \
wavier; waviest

Kids Definition of wavy

: like, having, or moving in waves wavy hair

Other Words from wavy

waviness noun

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