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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English waxen, from Old English weaxen, ġeweaxen, from Proto-Germanic *wahsanaz, past participle of Proto-Germanic *wahsijaną (to wax, grow, increase), equivalent to wax +‎ -en (past participle ending).


waxen (comparative more waxen, superlative most waxen)

  1. (Britain, dialectal) Grown.

Etymology 2Edit



  1. alternative past participle of wax.
  2. (obsolete) plural simple present of wax
    • 1540, Great Bible, Second Edition, Preface
      And they that occupye them been in muche savegarde, and have greate consolacyon, and been the readyer unto all goodnesse, the slower to all evyll: and if they have done anything amysse, anone even by the sight of the bookes, theyr conscvences been admonished, and they waxen sory and ashamed of the facte.
    • 1579, Edmund Spenser, The Shepheardes Calender
      When the rayne is faln, the cloudes wexen cleare.
    • 1590-97, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, II, i
      And then the whole quire hold their hips and laugh,
      And waxen in their mirth and neeze and swear
      A merrier hour was never wasted there.

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English waxen, from Old English weaxen (waxen, made of wax), equivalent to wax +‎ -en (made of).


waxen (comparative more waxen, superlative most waxen)

  1. Made of wax; covered with wax.
    a waxen tablet
  2. Of or pertaining to wax.
  3. Having the pale smooth characteristics of wax, waxlike, waxy.
    • 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast, Penguin, 1969, Chapter 28, p. 185,[2]
      It was hard to imagine that the broken thing had once been new; that those withered, waxen cheeks had been fresh and tinted. That her eyes had long ago glinted with laughter.
  4. (rare) Easily effaced, as if written in wax.
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