\ ˈwak-sē How to pronounce waxy (audio) \
waxier; waxiest

Definition of waxy

1 : made of, abounding in, or covered with wax : waxen a waxy surface waxy berries
2 : resembling wax: such as
a : readily shaped or molded
b : marked by smooth or lustrous whiteness a waxy complexion

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Other Words from waxy

waxiness noun

Examples of waxy in a Sentence

The polish left a waxy residue. a plant with waxy leaves
Recent Examples on the Web Previous studies had found that a mutation that activated this gene leads to excessive cholesterol in the blood, causing waxy, yellow clumps to accumulate under the skin. Oscar Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Out of Africa," 2 Mar. 2020 The potato wrapped in foil was waxy and had a hard texture even when fully cooked. Washington Post, "AP Food: The perfect baked potato begins with russets," 13 Jan. 2020 South of Lake Tahoe on the Carson Pass Trail, the month of July unfolds a colorful landscape of cheerful blue flax, Indian paintbrush, showy clusters of scarlet gilia, and the waxy, orange and spotted faces of the sierra lilies. Matt Ritter, Sunset Magazine, "Find the Real Super Blooms This Summer with the Ultimate Floral Road Trip," 6 Mar. 2020 Cholesterol is the waxy, fat-like substance found in many foods. Jen Christensen, CNN, "FDA approves non-statin drug to treat high cholesterol," 21 Feb. 2020 Bitter almond skin and lanolin are wrapped up in a bracing, waxy texture. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Martha Stoumen’s one-woman natural wine revolution," 26 Feb. 2020 White phosphorus is a poisonous waxy solid and contact with skin can cause severe burns. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Guy Build a Rocket with 1 Million Matches—and Actually Launch It," 24 Feb. 2020 These are plants with supple leaves without waxy or resinous surfaces, said Amy Jo Detweiler, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension. Washington Post, "Extreme weather has gardeners looking for resilient plants," 4 Feb. 2020 That allows the smaller droplets to coat the waxy leaves more uniformly. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Down to Earth: Dealing with chickweed? Cover it now, treat it on Labor Day," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of waxy

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Mar 2020

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“Waxy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waxy. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of waxy

: seeming to be made of or covered in wax
\ ˈwak-sē How to pronounce waxy (audio) \
waxier; waxiest

Kids Definition of waxy

1 : being like wax a waxy material
2 : made of or covered with wax
3 : marked by smooth or shiny whiteness waxy skin
\ ˈwak-sē How to pronounce waxy (audio) \
waxier; waxiest

Medical Definition of waxy

1 : made of, abounding in, or covered with wax a waxy surface
2 : resembling wax a waxy complexion waxy secretions

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