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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [waks-wurk]
    • /ˈwæksˌwɜrk/
    • /ˈwæks.wɜːk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waks-wurk]
    • /ˈwæksˌwɜrk/

Definitions of waxwork word

  • noun waxwork a figure, ornament, or other object made of wax, or especially the life-size effigy of a person. 1
  • noun waxwork the bittersweet, Celastrus scandens. 1
  • noun waxwork A lifelike dummy modeled in wax. 1
  • countable noun waxwork A waxwork is a model of a person, especially a famous person, made out of wax. 0
  • countable noun waxwork A waxworks is a place where waxworks are displayed for the public to look at. Waxworks is both the singular and the plural form. 0
  • noun waxwork an object reproduced in wax, esp as an ornament 0

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Origin of waxwork

First appearance:

before 1690
One of the 49% oldest English words
First recorded in 1690-1700; wax1 + work

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Parts of speech for Waxwork


waxwork popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 62% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

waxwork usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for waxwork

noun waxwork

  • figure — a numerical symbol, especially an Arabic numeral.
  • manikin — a styled and three-dimensional representation of the human form used in window displays, as of clothing; dummy.
  • model — a standard or example for imitation or comparison.
  • effigy — a representation or image, especially sculptured, as on a monument.
  • replica — a copy or reproduction of a work of art produced by the maker of the original or under his or her supervision.

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