any of numerous social or solitary hymenopterous insects of the Vespidae, Sphecidae, and allied families, generally having a long, slender body and narrow waist and, in the female, a stinger.
a person who is snappish or petulant.
- wasplike, adjective
Other definitions for WASP (2 of 3)
a member of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots, an organization disbanded in 1944.
Other definitions for WASP (3 of 3)
a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant.
a member of the privileged, established white upper middle class in the U.S.
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How to use wasp in a sentence
They were called La Red Avispa (The wasp Network) and claim to have successfully foiled a number of threats against the island.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five | Nina Strochlic | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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We later learn that the model, who is the heroine, is a Connecticut wasp disappointed in her arrival in the big city.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie | Daniel Genis | June 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In his memoir, Belfort describes Danny Porush (the real Azoff) as a Jewish Long Islander with wasp pretensions.Finally! ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Is Hollywood’s First 1990s Period Piece | Andrew Romano | December 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A wasp-y Smith alumna named Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) has a lesbian affair after college.You’ve Gotta Binge on the New Netflix Series ‘Orange Is the New Black’ | Andrew Romano | July 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Soon after he had some lively service in the wasp, and captured a British privateer with the little sloop Sachem.
Of the 110 men on the Frolic there were not twenty alive and unhurt, while on the wasp only five were dead and five wounded.
The game was up with the wasp and her prize, for the new ship was the Poictiers, a great seventy-four ship-of-the-line.
The honey in this pot was once a wasp's nest, but since being transformed it has become sweet and delicious.The Tin Woodman of Oz | L. Frank Baum
The first thing the wasp found at sea was a mighty gale of wind, that blew "great guns" for two days.
British Dictionary definitions for wasp (1 of 2)
any of various solitary hymenopterans, such as the digger wasp and gall wasp
- wasplike, adjective
- waspy, adjective
- waspily, adverb
- waspiness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Wasp (2 of 2)
White Anglo-Saxon Protestant: a person descended from N European, usually Protestant stock, forming a group often considered the most dominant, privileged, and influential in American society
- Waspy, adjective
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Cultural definitions for WASP
An acronym for “white Anglo-Saxon Protestant” — a member of what many consider to be the most privileged and influential group in American society.
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