Etymology
Advertisement

beeswax (n.)

also bees-wax, "wax secreted by bees and used in making the cells of their hives," 1670s, from genitive of bee + wax (n.). As a jocular alteration of business (usually in an injunction to someone to mind his own) attested from 1934 in Lower East Side slang as reproduced in Henry Roth's "Call It Sleep."

updated on April 26, 2017

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of beeswax from WordNet
1
beeswax (v.)
cover with beeswax;
Chris beeswaxed the kitchen table
2
beeswax (n.)
a yellow to brown wax secreted by honeybees to build honeycombs;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.