\ 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

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Against a bright yellow backdrop, Offset performs in a number of cyberpunk pieces made from waxy leather and PVC (his rave-ready, flared jeans in particular are a stand out). Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Offset and Cardi B Have Never Looked More in Sync Than They Do in the “Clout” Video," 17 Apr. 2019 The evergreen huckleberry is a broad-leaved shrub that features shiny, waxy leaves and striking pink and white flowers. Colin Mccrate, The Seattle Times, "Our native evergreen huckleberry brings dynamic color and oodles of fruit to your edible shade garden," 20 Feb. 2019 People need cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D and other substances, but trouble arises when the waxy matter builds up inside the walls of arteries, hardening into plaque that restricts the flow of blood and increases the risk of heart disease. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "High Cholesterol? It Must Be January," 18 Jan. 2019 With every big, waxy Monstera leaf or pint-size succulent that flickered across my feed, my inner green thumb ached. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Buying Plants Even Though They Always Die," 9 Jan. 2019 Since grout can absorb soap as much as a stain, the TCNA says not to use Murphy's Oil soap, Pine Sol, or any product that will leave a waxy or oily film. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Doing This To "Clean" Your Grout Is Actually Causing Damage," 6 Nov. 2018 Plants have evolved a way to prevent water loss and protect themselves from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet radiation by covering their leaves with a waxy substance made up of various organic compounds. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "UConn Scientists Use Ancient Plant Deposits To Estimate Climate Change," 17 Mar. 2018 Dryer sheets leave behind a waxy residue on fabric, which can clog pores if your skin comes in contact with the fabric. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Can Dryer Sheets Cause Acne and Irritation? Dermatologists Weigh In," 21 Sep. 2018 Some plants, such as cycads in the Ancient Forest, remained relatively unscathed thanks to their naturally waxy surface, while other flowers’ dark pigmentation provided protection from the sun. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Acres of historic camellias at Descanso Gardens scorched during weekend’s triple-digit heat," 12 July 2018

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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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