Sense: 1,5
Date: 1300-1400
Origin: WAX1
Sense: 2-4
Origin: Old English weaxan 'to grow'


2 verb
Related topics: Hair and Beauty, Nature, Astronomy
1 [transitive] to rub a layer of wax into a floor, surface etc to protect it or make it shine

wax sentimental/eloquent/lyrical etc

to talk with extreme feeling, liking or pleasure about something - used humorously
wax sentimental/eloquent/lyrical etc about
Journalists wax lyrical about the band.
3 [intransitive]DNHA when the moon waxes, it seems to get bigger each night [≠ wane]

wax and wane

to increase and decrease over time:
Interest in the show has waxed and waned.
5 [transitive]DCB if you wax your legs, arms etc, you remove the hair from them using wax

Dictionary results for "wax"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.