\ 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 The golden yellow flesh is slightly waxy, yet velvety and moist. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2021 This is most likely a jab at the acting on Riverdale, which Cole seems to be implying is waxy and fake. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 20 May 2020 Starchy Russet or other baking potatoes smash the most easily here; waxy ones, such as red, white or Yukons, will give you a chunkier salad. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 28 May 2020 Good Dye Young Poser Paste ($18) is a waxy styling pomade that's incredibly pigmented and has a pleasant citrus smell. Louryn Strampe, Wired, 2 May 2020 When washing towels, only use fabric softener every three to four washes to prevent waxy buildup that can reduce their absorbency and diminish their fluffy feel. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 May 2020 Farther south, in Umbria, Paolo Bea produces Arboreus, a waxy, bright and juicy wine made of trebbiano spoletino. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 7 May 2020 This wine is evidence: lemony, waxy and very refreshing, showing grapefruit pith and pine-resin flavors. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, 9 Apr. 2020 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, 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of waxy

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Waxy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waxy. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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