waxen

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English waxen, from Old English weaxen, ġeweaxen, past participle of weaxan(to wax, grow, be fruitful, increase, become powerful, flourish), equivalent to wax +‎ -en.

Adjective[edit]

waxen ‎(comparative more waxen, superlative most waxen)

  1. (Britain, dialectal) Grown.

Verb[edit]

waxen

  1. alternative past participle of wax.
  2. (obsolete) plural simple present form 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.
    • c. 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 2[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

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.
  4. (rare) Easily effaced, as if written in wax.
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