\ 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 According to Salmeri, the No. 1 seller at Rolling Greens is still very much the fiddle-leaf fig — the waxy, tropical-feeling plant that came to define 2010’s home decor. Los Angeles Times, "How the weeping fig became the ‘It’ plant of the gardening world (again)," 15 Aug. 2019 One bushy plant in particular, the strawberry tree, is covered in waxy leaves that catch fire easily, reports Minder. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Could Goats Help Solve Portugal’s Wildfire Crisis?," 19 Aug. 2019 Wu wore a floral dress with swirls of turquoise, and a waxy white orchid was about to be pinned behind her ear. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Constance Wu’s Hollywood Destiny," 16 Sep. 2019 The royal couple may be picture perfect, but the BBC certainly made a waxy blunder. Christi Scott, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 6 Sep. 2019 Kelvin plucks a tiny, waxy tube from the trunk of a mopani tree. Ken Geiger, National Geographic, "Why walking safaris are the best way to see wildlife," 17 June 2019 At the moment, Athens doesn’t have a buyer for plastic bags, nor for milk and juice cartons with waxy-filmy material and plastic spouts. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: I took the contents of my blue bin to the recycling center. Here’s what I learned," 17 Aug. 2019 Christopher Vincent, a physiologist at the University of Florida who studies citrus greening, said the waxy coating on the leaves of orange trees has been an impediment to delivering oxytetracycline into the plant’s phloem, or vascular system. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "Spraying Antibiotics to Fight Citrus Scourge Doesn’t Help, Study Finds," 16 Aug. 2019 Instead of a cell-wall structure identified as Gram-negative or positive, M. tuberculosis and its relatives have a unique thick, waxy cell wall, rich in mycolic acid. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "How a new antibiotic destroys extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of waxy

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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