wasp

[ wosp ]
/ wɒsp /

noun

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.

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

Related forms

wasp·like, adjective

Definition for wasps (2 of 4)

WASP

1
[ wosp ]
/ wɒsp /

noun

a member of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots, an organization disbanded in 1944.

Definition for wasps (3 of 4)

WASP

2

or Wasp

[ wosp ]
/ wɒsp /
Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.

noun

a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant.
a member of the privileged, established white upper middle class in the U.S.

adjective

Origin of WASP

2
First recorded in 1955–60

Definition for wasps (4 of 4)

Wasps, The


noun

a satirical comedy (422 b.c.) by Aristophanes.
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British Dictionary definitions for wasps (1 of 2)

wasp

/ (wɒsp) /

noun

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

wasplike, 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 wasps (2 of 2)

Wasp

WASP

/ (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

Waspy, adjective
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Culture definitions for wasps

WASP


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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