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waspish

[wos-pish] /ˈwɒs pɪʃ/
adjective
1.
like or suggesting a wasp, especially in behavior.
2.
quick to resent a trifling affront or injury; snappish.
3.
irascibly or petulantly spiteful:
waspish writing.
4.
having a slight or slender build.
Origin of waspish
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; wasp + -ish1
Related forms
waspishly, adverb
waspishness, noun
Synonyms
2. resentful. 3. testy, touchy.

Waspish

or WASPish

[wos-pish] /ˈwɒs pɪʃ/
adjective
1.
Origin
First recorded in 1965-70; WASP + -ish1
Related forms
Waspishly, WASPishly, adverb
Waspishness, WASPishness, noun
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  • The waspish little mutiny was so amusing that Si had to smile in spite of himself.

  • One must have the wit 'from such a sharp and waspish word as No to pluck the sting.'

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope
  • When people made him angry he retorted to them with waspish sarcasms.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • Though he is crabbed, too; rather crabbed and waspish, when he i'n't pleased.

  • She said, "I think her a sullen girl; she always looks so sour and waspish."

    Letters of a Javanese Princess Raden Adjeng Kartini
  • After, dull booming of distant artillery, or waspish whinings of kettledrums.

    Menotah Ernest G. Henham
  • When a man is touchy and waspish, he is always looking out for, and catching at, occasions of offence.

  • Her cutaway coat was buttoned tightly over a manly bosom, and her waist was not waspish.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for waspish

waspish

/ˈwɒspɪʃ/
adjective
1.
relating to or suggestive of a wasp
2.
easily annoyed or angered
Derived Forms
waspishly, adverb
waspishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for waspish
adj.

"irrascible, quick to take offense; spiteful," 1560s, from wasp + -ish. Related: Waspishly; waspishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for waspish

waspish

adjective

Dominated by and characteristic of WASPs: This town is naughty and waspish and expensive

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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