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wasp waist

noun
  1. a woman's slender waistline, especially when the result of tight corseting.
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Origin of wasp waist

First recorded in 1865–70
Related formswasp-waist·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for wasp waist

Historical Examples

  • He calls Stacey wasp-waist, but it only calls attention to his own big stomach.

    Witch Winnie's Mystery, or The Old Oak Cabinet

    Elizabeth W. Champney


British Dictionary definitions for wasp waist

wasp waist

noun
  1. a very slender waist, esp one that is tightly corseted
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Derived Formswasp-waisted, adjective
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