waxy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj waxy having the paleness of wax "the poor face with the same awful waxen pallor"- Bram Stoker","the soldier turned his waxlike features toward him","a thin face with a waxy paleness"
    • adj waxy capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking "a flexible wire","a pliant young tree"
    • adj waxy easily impressed or influenced "an impressionable youngster","an impressionable age","a waxy mind"
    • adj waxy made of or covered with wax "waxen candles","careful, the floor is waxy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Waxy Resembling wax in appearance or consistency; viscid; adhesive; soft; hence, yielding; pliable; impressible. "Waxy to persuasion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • waxy Resembling wax or putty in appearance, softness, plasticity, adhesiveness, or other properties; waxen; hence, pliable; yielding; impressionable.
    • waxy Specifically Noting certain complexions. Pallid or blanched; of a translucent pallor, as in bloodlessness.
    • waxy Made of wax; abounding in wax; waxed: as, a waxy dressing for leather
    • waxy A change of parts of the muscular fibers into a peculiar hyaline substance, which differs from lardacein; it occurs in certain cases of typhoid fever, meningitis, and other acute febrile disorders.
    • waxy Angry; wrathy; irate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Waxy resembling wax: soft: pallid, pasty: adhesive:
    • adj Waxy (slang) irate, incensed
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weax; Ice. vax, Dut. was, Ger. wachs.

Usage

In literature:

The lamb is uneatable, the potatoes are waxy, and the peas like pills.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
This fruit should be bright and waxy and not too dry.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
The subsoil consists of a heavy yellow to yellowish-brown waxy clay.
"History and Comprehensive Description of Loudoun County, Virginia" by James W. Head
But his dark-skinned face had turned waxy white.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Boil until it is waxy when dropped into cold water.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
The flowers are white, waxy, and cup-shaped; they hang like bells from their short stems.
"On the Trail" by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
For a long time people believed this was honey dew, but instead, it is a waxy substance which is not sweet.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
What a waxy old gentleman it is!
"The Rebellion of Margaret" by Geraldine Mockler
It seemed as if she was waxy to let us have it so comfortable, and made a snatch to drag us back again.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
Gently, very gently, Scott Brenton folded the baby hands across the muslin nightie, and smoothed the ruffled baby hair above the waxy brow.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
There she lay within, in her habit of a Dominican lay sister, her hands waxy, her face waxy, her eyelids closed.
"The Wind Bloweth" by Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
Parastigmatic glands: small, circular glands, which secrete a waxy powder, sometimes present around the spiracles of Coccidae.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
But you can do as you like, unless old Waxy Fat would like another try.
"The New Forest Spy" by George Manville Fenn
It was Toy, his skin a waxy yellow and his oblique eyes blazing with excitement and rage.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
Anyway, all I'm trying to say is that there's no use getting waxy if some idiot shoots off his mouth.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
A fellow one couldn't be waxy with long.
"Deep Moat Grange" by S. R. Crockett
It opened the crocuses, waxy yellow and white, all up the garden border.
"The Hillman" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
They are light, and comparatively short; clear, highly polished, and waxy.
"Domestic Animals" by Richard L. Allen
Pen's healthy red face fresh from the gallop, compared oddly, with the waxy, debauched little features of Foker's chum; the latter remarked it.
"A History of Pendennis, Volume 1" by William Makepeace Thackeray
How is the waxy covering of the eggs a particularly good protection against winter weather?
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
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In poetry:

My banquet-hall is narrow,
But 'tis lined with arras light;
With an oaken couch to lie on
In a garment waxy white.
"The Quiet Home" by Ernest Jones
One touched the flowers that decked the bier;
Another dropped a little tear;
One stroked the cheek so waxy white;
And one cowered weeping with affright.
"Life In Death" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Wake, little Waxy! Hunting-time again,
The short days and goodly, the clean Autumn rain:
In the old North country, in the grey open weather,
Hounds upon the moorland chiming all together.
"Little Waxy" by Cicely Fox Smith
Wake, little Waxy! Voices that you know
Set the upland ringing where the hill-breezes blow;
In the brave North country, in the grey open weather,
Up and Join the chorus, hound and horn together!
"Little Waxy" by Cicely Fox Smith
Ah, little Waxy! Hunting days are done,
Nevermore the brown field and the rain and the sun —
Only the memories left, o'er the Autumn fields that hover,
Of the brave runs ended, lass, the good days over!
"Little Waxy" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Male Ballet Dancer Takes Burlesque World by Storm in "Waxie Moon".
While the capable Empire Bakery, which supplies the bread, usually turns out impeccable baked loaves, the white rolls here are dense and bland with a soft and waxy crust.
With their early-in-the-season blooms, dark-green waxy leaves and stalwart spot in any landscaping array, this lovely plant is a favorite in many Southern gardens.
These tiny tubers (also referred to as Russian banana potatoes) have a thin, waxy skin and a soft buttery texture similar to Yukon Golds, only richer.
3 pounds waxy potatoes, unpeeled (about 7 potatoes).
Back injuries due to fall on waxy floor.
The whale vomit looked like a yellowish beige rock with a waxy finish, Charlie Naysmith says.
Waxy film may have caused big damage in engine.
Peterson jury hears paramedic tell of cold, waxy body.
A paramedic who testified on Thursday at the murder trial of Drew Peterson, a former police officer accused of killing his third wife, said her body was cold and waxy in the bathtub where he found her.
Total Ltd UK said workers cleaned waxy deposits off the Elgin platform wellhead in anticipation of a kill operation to stop a gas leak on well G4.
Use small (1 1/2 to 2 inch), waxy potatoes.
Some of the prickly pear cacti are encrusted with a tangle of waxy, white silken threads.
Players tended to look plastic and waxy.
1/2 European cucumber , 2 Persian cucumbers or 1 regular cucumber , peeled if waxy, seeded if the seeds are large, and cut in small dice.
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