bendable vs waxy what difference

what is difference between bendable and waxy



bend +‎ -able


bendable (comparative more bendable, superlative most bendable)

  1. Able to be bent or flexed or twisted without breaking.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, The House of All Sorts, “Snow,” [2]
      The father scorned stooping. Neither his body nor his mind was bendable.
    • 1974, Arthur Miller, “The Limited Hang-Out: The Dialogues of Richard Nixon as a Drama of the Antihero” in Echoes Down the Corridor, edited by Steven R. Centola, Viking, 2000, p. 145,
      When necessity dictates, our laws are as bendable as licorice to our presidents, and if their private conversations had been taped an awful lot of history would be different now.


  • flexible
  • pliable
  • pliant


  • rigid

Related terms

  • bendability


Further reading

  • bendable in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • bendable at OneLook Dictionary Search



  • enPR: wăkʹsē, IPA(key): /ˈwæksi/
  • Rhymes: -æksi

Etymology 1

From Middle English waxi, wexy, equivalent to wax (soft oily substance) +‎ -y.


waxy (comparative waxier or more waxy, superlative waxiest or most waxy)

  1. Resembling wax in texture or appearance.
Derived terms


waxy (plural waxies)

  1. (Britain, obsolete, slang) A cobbler (shoe repairer).
    Synonym: lad of wax
Alternative forms
  • waxie

Etymology 2

From wax (fit of anger) +‎ -y.


waxy (comparative more waxy, superlative most waxy)

  1. (regional, colloquial) Angry.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 12
      A man said he’d give me five pounds if I’d paint him and his missis and the dog and the cottage. And I went and put the fowls in instead of the dog, and he was waxy, so I had to knock a quid off.

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