Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Abounding or rising in waves: a wavy sea.
  • adj. Marked by or moving in a wavelike form or motion; sinuous.
  • adj. Having curls, curves, or undulations: wavy hair.
  • adj. Characteristic or suggestive of waves.
  • adj. Wavering; unstable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Rising or swelling in waves.
  • adj. Full of waves.
  • adj. Moving to and fro; undulating.
  • adj. Having wave-like shapes on its border or surface; waved.
  • adj. Moving up and down relative to the surface; undulate.
  • n. Alternative form of wavey (goose).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rising or swelling in waves; full of waves.
  • adj. Playing to and fro; undulating.
  • adj. Undulating on the border or surface; waved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abounding in waves.
  • Undulating in movement or shape; waving: as, wavy hair.
  • In botany, undulating on the border or on the surface. See cut under repand.
  • In heraldry, same as undé.
  • In entomology, presenting a series of horizontal curves: noting marks or margins. It is distinct from waved; but the two epithets are somewhat loosely used, and are sometimes interchanged.
  • In zoology, undulating; sinuous; waved; having waved markings.
  • n. See wavey.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of hair) having waves
  • adj. uneven by virtue of having wrinkles or waves

Etymologies

wave +‎ -y (Wiktionary)
See wavey. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the stereotyped use of the _bordure wavy_ in England with a set meaning, gives to the wavy variety a lack of desirability.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • Thin wavy noodles were involved, and a Thai-like sauce.

    Weightlifting for Catholics

  • Sir Edgar was a fine, handsome man, of about thirty-five years of age, standing some five feet nine or ten inches in his stockings, well made, with dark brown hair that covered his head in short wavy curls.

    The Cruise of the "Esmeralda"

  • I have been saying that oil is in a long term wavy down trend that will take some time to complete.

    FXstreet.com

  • You then have to judge when your risotto is perfectly cooked, thick and creamy - the Italians actually describe the texture as 'wavy' - with a little bite in the centre of the grain.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • The chimney-piece was very high, and there was a bad glass — what I may call a wavy glass — above it, which, when I stood up, just showed me my anterior phrenological developments, — and these never look well, in any subject, cut short off at the eyebrow.

    The Holly-Tree

  • In Java and the Moluccas, giant burrs on the stem give rise to finely figured gnarl wood (also called wavy or curly wood).

    Chapter 11

  • The main thing is evenness of rubbing all along the circular edge, as if one part gets more than its share the edge becomes wavy, which is a thing to be avoided as much as possible.

    Wood-Carving Design and Workmanship

  • The chimney-piece was very high, and there was a bad glass -- what I may call a wavy glass -- above it, which, when I stood up, just showed me my anterior phrenological developments, -- and these never look well, in any subject, cut short off at the eyebrow.

    The Holly-Tree

  • "I'll hold this in my hand and you hit it" As the hammer hit my hand and it puffed up and I'd finished calling the wavy navy bod all the insults I could think of, that increased even more

    Army Rumour Service

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