wax·​en | \ ˈwak-sən How to pronounce waxen (audio) \

Definition of waxen

1 : made of or covered with wax
2 : resembling wax: such as
a : easily molded : pliable
b : seeming to lack vitality or animation : pallid
c : lustrously smooth

Examples of waxen in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of waxen

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

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“Waxen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waxen. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of waxen

: made of or covered in wax
: very smooth and shiny
: very pale especially in a way that suggests poor health


wax·​en | \ ˈwak-sən How to pronounce waxen (audio) \

Kids Definition of waxen

: lacking vitality or animation : pale a waxen face

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