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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wak-suh n]
    • /ˈwæk sən/
    • /ˈwæk.sən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wak-suh n]
    • /ˈwæk sən/

Definitions of waxen word

  • adjective waxen pertaining to, made of, or resembling wax: a wax candle; a wax doll. 1
  • verb waxen a past participle of wax2 . 1
  • noun waxen 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 waxen any of various similar substances, as spermaceti or the secretions of certain insects and plants. Compare vegetable wax, wax insect. 1
  • noun waxen any of a group of substances composed of hydrocarbons, alcohols, fatty acids, and esters that are solid at ordinary temperatures. 1
  • noun waxen cerumen; earwax. 1

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Origin of waxen

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English; Old English weaxen; see wax1, -en2

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Parts of speech for Waxen


waxen popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% 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".

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Synonyms for waxen

adjective waxen

  • pale — light-colored or lacking in color: a pale complexion; his pale face; a pale child. lacking the usual intensity of color due to fear, illness, stress, etc.: She looked pale and unwell when we visited her in the nursing home.
  • pallid — pale; faint or deficient in color; wan: a pallid countenance.
  • ashen — Someone who is ashen looks very pale, especially because they are ill, shocked, or frightened.
  • ashy — of a pale greyish colour; ashen
  • wan — of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color: His wan face suddenly flushed.

Antonyms for waxen

adjective waxen

  • unimpressionable — easily impressed or influenced; susceptible: an impressionable youngster.

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