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From Middle English forwaxen, from Old English forweaxan (to progress, grow too much, become overgrown), equivalent to for- +‎ wax (to grow, increase). Cognate with German verwachsen (to grow together, heal over, overgrow).


forwax (third-person singular simple present forwaxes, present participle forwaxing, simple past forwaxed, past participle forwaxed or forwaxen)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To grow to excess; become huge; overgrow; swell.
    • 1475, Couldrette, The romans of Partenay:
      Horrible gret was, A forwoxen grome, Such Another neuer had he sain.