[ wosp ]
/ wɒsp /
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.
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Origin of wasp
before 900; Middle English waspe, Old English wæsp, metathetic variant of wæps, itself variant of wæfs, akin to Dutch wesp, German Wespe, Latin vespa
OTHER WORDS FROM waspwasp·like, adjective
Words nearby wasp
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Example sentences from the Web for wasplike
There was a flurry among the wasplike clouds of pleasure craft over the city.
British Dictionary definitions for wasplike (1 of 2)
/ (wɒsp) /
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
Derived forms of waspwasplike, adjectivewaspy, adjectivewaspily, adverbwaspiness, noun
Word Origin for wasp
Old English wæsp; related to Old Saxon waspa, Old High German wefsa, Latin vespa
British Dictionary definitions for wasplike (2 of 2)
/ (wɒsp) /
n acronym for (in the US)
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
Derived forms of WaspWaspy, adjective
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Cultural definitions for wasplike
An acronym for “white Anglo-Saxon Protestant” — a member of what many consider to be the most privileged and influential group in American society.
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