- 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.
Origin of waspish
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Origin of Waspish
First recorded in 1965–70; WASP + -ish1
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Related Wordscrabby, ill-tempered, irascible, irritable, ornery, petulant, spiteful, surly, testy, cantankerous, crotchety, fretful, huffy, peevish, snappish
Examples from the Web for waspish
But they also reveal a waspish, bitter man frequently disillusioned with film and theatre.The Concealed Genius of Alec Guinness
June 12, 2014
This brief, innocent encounter was talked up by the waspish gossip columnist Rona Barrett.The Week in Death: George Jacobs, Sinatra’s Domestic Confidant
February 23, 2014
The waspish little mutiny was so amusing that Si had to smile in spite of himself.Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6)
One must have the wit 'from such a sharp and waspish word as No to pluck the sting.'Framley Parsonage
When people made him angry he retorted to them with waspish sarcasms.Narcissus
Though he is crabbed, too; rather crabbed and waspish, when he i'n't pleased.The Wanderer (Volume 4 of 5)
She said, "I think her a sullen girl; she always looks so sour and waspish."Letters of a Javanese Princess
Raden Adjeng Kartini
- relating to or suggestive of a wasp
- easily annoyed or angered
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Word Origin and History for waspish
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