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

Definitions of waxed word

  • noun waxed Also called beeswax. a solid, yellowish, nonglycerine substance allied to fats and oils, secreted by bees, plastic when warm and melting at about 145°F, variously employed in making candles, models, casts, ointments, etc., and used by bees in constructing their honeycomb. 1
  • noun waxed any of various similar substances, as spermaceti or the secretions of certain insects and plants. Compare vegetable wax, wax insect. 1
  • noun waxed any of a group of substances composed of hydrocarbons, alcohols, fatty acids, and esters that are solid at ordinary temperatures. 1
  • noun waxed cerumen; earwax. 1
  • noun waxed a resinous substance used by shoemakers for rubbing thread. 1
  • noun waxed sealing wax. 1

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Origin of waxed

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 Waxed


waxed 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".

waxed usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for waxed

verb waxed

  • polished — made smooth and glossy: a figurine of polished mahogany.
  • shone — a simple past tense and past participle of shine1 .
  • buffed — Chiefly British Dialect. a blow; slap.
  • expanded — Being or having been enlarged, extended, or broadened, in particular.
  • increased — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.

noun waxed

  • beeswaxed — Simple past tense and past participle of beeswax.
  • honeycombed — Having a perforated structure, resembling a honeycomb.

Antonyms for waxed

verb waxed

  • waned — to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.: Daylight waned, and night came on. Her enthusiasm for the cause is waning.
  • abridged — An abridged book or play has been made shorter by removing some parts of it.
  • ceased — to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.
  • compressed — Compressed air or gas is squeezed into a small space or container and is therefore at a higher pressure than normal. It is used especially as a source of power for machines.
  • contracted — under contract; governed or arranged by special contract: a contract carrier.

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