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waspish

[ wos-pish ]
/ ˈwɒs pɪʃ /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of waspish

First recorded in 1560–70; wasp + -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM waspish

wasp·ish·ly, adverbwasp·ish·ness, noun

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Waspish

or WASP·ish

[ wos-pish ]
/ ˈwɒs pɪʃ /

adjective

Origin of Waspish

First recorded in 1965–70; WASP + -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM Waspish

Wasp·ish·ly, WASP·ish·ly, adverbWasp·ish·ness, WASP·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for waspish

waspish
/ (ˈwɒspɪʃ) /

adjective
relating to or suggestive of a wasp
easily annoyed or angered

Derived forms of waspish

waspishly, adverbwaspishness, noun
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