wax·​en ˈwak-sən How to pronounce waxen (audio)
: made of or covered with wax
: resembling wax: such as
: easily molded : pliable
: seeming to lack vitality or animation : pallid
: lustrously smooth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the moss’s telltale sign of woe is its glum, grayish hue, a waxen appearance that comes from ferns and algae that have crept over it. Sabrina Imbler, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of waxen was before the 12th century

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“Waxen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waxen. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


wax·​en ˈwak-sən How to pronounce waxen (audio)
: of or like wax

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