\ˈwak-sē \
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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waxiness noun

Examples of waxy in a Sentence

The polish left a waxy residue. a plant with waxy leaves

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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 If not covered in additional layers and warmed swiftly, your skin turns a grayish-yellow and becomes hard and waxy. Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, "What Happens to Your Body When You Climb Everest," 11 June 2018 Plastic Code 5: Polypropylene These plastics are strong, often translucent, and bear a waxy surface. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Do you take recycling seriously? Here's how Sacramento's waste rules are changing," 10 July 2018 Strain and put into a hand sprayer. Dishwashing detergent breaks the waxy coating on the outside of the aphids' bodies. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "If you have plants outside, you have aphids. Here’s what to do about it.," 5 July 2018 Earth’s atmosphere has a habit of desiccating things, after all, so plants evolved something called cutin, a waxy barrier against the elements. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Amphiphilic Liquid Coating That Keeps Your Avocados Fresh," 21 June 2018 The smell of frozen peanuts hits you first, then the ice cream that tastes suspiciously like cold butter, intricately swirled with crisp, waxy chocolate. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "The Best Frozen Treats, Ranked," 22 May 2018 Their unique approach involves measuring the ancient residue left in soils and rocks from the waxy surfaces of plants that were alive millions of years ago. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "UConn Scientists Use Ancient Plant Deposits To Estimate Climate Change," 17 Mar. 2018 Mary’s story was about how consumerism and advertising control us, with the promise of shiny floors with no waxy buildup. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Why Mary Hartman shouldn’t be forgotten," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of waxy

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of waxy was in 1552

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English Language Learners Definition of waxy

: seeming to be made of or covered in wax


\ˈwak-sē \
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 \
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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