- 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.
Origin of wasp
- a member of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots, an organization disbanded in 1944.
- a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant.
- a member of the privileged, established white upper middle class in the U.S.
Origin of WASP2
Examples from the Web for wasp
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
December 28, 2014
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
June 2, 2014
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
December 23, 2013
Patton was also called a “WASP,” “offensive,” and “sheltered.”An Alumna’s Advice for the Young Women of Princeton: Marry My Son
March 30, 2013
But Harry, handsome ex-Marine and feted author, is greedy for more happiness than Maddy, a WASP goddess, gives him.This Week’s Hot Reads: Feb. 4, 2013
Jimmy So, G. Clay Whittaker, Tunku Varadarajan
February 4, 2013
Hanley's Wasp had landed: we saw its lights half a mile from us.
I have got away from the wasp's nest only to tumble into the middle of the swarm!A Nest of Spies
The wasp flew inside, and found that their enemy was away from home.Japanese Fairy World
William Elliot Griffis
It may have been playfulness, yet the girl jumped up as if she had been stung by a wasp.Notes on My Books
Thus I regarded the abbe as a wasp to be crushed as speedily as possible.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- any social hymenopterous insect of the family Vespidae, esp Vespula vulgaris (common wasp), typically having a black-and-yellow body and an ovipositor specialized for stingingSee also potter wasp, hornet Related adjective: vespine
- any of various solitary hymenopterans, such as the digger wasp and gall wasp
- 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
Word Origin and History for wasp
Old English wæps, wæsp, altered (probably by influence of Latin vespa) from West Germanic *wabis- (cf. Old Saxon waspa, Middle Dutch wespe, Dutch wesp, Old High German wafsa, German Wespe, Danish hveps), from PIE *wobhes-/*wops- (cf. Latin vespa, Lithuanian vapsa, Old Church Slavonic vosa "wasp," Old Irish foich "drone"), perhaps from *webh- "weave" (see weave (v.)). If that is the correct derivation, the insect would be so called for the shape of its nest. Wasp-waist in reference to women's figures is recorded from 1870 (wasp-waisted is from 1775).
acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, 1962, often said to have been coined by University of Pennsylvania sociologist E. Digby Baltzell (1915-1996), but first recorded reference is in an article by E.B. Palmore in "American Journal of Sociology."
An acronym for “white Anglo-Saxon Protestant” — a member of what many consider to be the most privileged and influential group in American society.