W w


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [waks]
    • /wæks/
    • /wæks/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waks]
    • /wæks/

Definitions of wax word

  • noun wax a fit of anger; rage. 1
  • verb with object wax to rub, smear, stiffen, polish, etc., with wax: to wax the floor. 1
  • verb with object wax to fill the crevices of (ornamental marble) with colored material. 1
  • verb with object wax bikini wax. 1
  • verb with object wax Informal. to make a phonograph recording of. 1
  • verb with object wax Slang. to defeat decisively; drub: We waxed the competition. 1

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Origin of wax

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (noun) Middle English wex, waxe, Old English weax; cognate with Dutch was, German Wachs, Old Norse vax; (v.) Middle English wexen, derivative of the noun

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Parts of speech for Wax


wax popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

wax usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wax

verb wax

  • polish — to make smooth and glossy, especially by rubbing or friction: to polish a brass doorknob.
  • shine — to give forth or glow with light; shed or cast light.
  • buff — Something that is buff is pale brown in colour.
  • expand — explain
  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.

noun wax

  • beeswax — Beeswax is wax that is made by bees and used especially for making candles and furniture polish.
  • honeycomb — a structure of rows of hexagonal wax cells, formed by bees in their hive for the storage of honey, pollen, and their eggs.
  • candlewax — The wax of a candle.

Antonyms for wax

verb wax

  • wane — to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.: Daylight waned, and night came on. Her enthusiasm for the cause is waning.
  • abridge — to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
  • cease — If something ceases, it stops happening or existing.
  • compress — When you compress something or when it compresses, it is pressed or squeezed so that it takes up less space.
  • contract — A contract is a legal agreement, usually between two companies or between an employer and employee, which involves doing work for a stated sum of money.

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