like or suggesting a wasp, especially in behavior.
quick to resent a trifling affront or injury; snappish.
irascibly or petulantly spiteful: waspish writing.
having a slight or slender build.

Nearby words

  1. washy,
  2. wasim akram,
  3. wasn't,
  4. wasp,
  5. wasp waist,
  6. waspishly,
  7. wasps, the,
  8. waspy,
  9. wassail,
  10. wassermann

Origin of waspish

First recorded in 1560–70; wasp + -ish1

Related formswasp·ish·ly, adverbwasp·ish·ness, noun


or WASP·ish



Origin of Waspish

First recorded in 1965–70; WASP + -ish1

Related formsWasp·ish·ly, WASP·ish·ly, adverbWasp·ish·ness, WASP·ish·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for waspish



relating to or suggestive of a wasp
easily annoyed or angered
Derived Formswaspishly, adverbwaspishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for waspish



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

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