adjective, wasp·i·er, wasp·i·est.

resembling a wasp; waspish.

Origin of waspy

First recorded in 1650–60; wasp + -y1
Related formswasp·i·ly, adverbwasp·i·ness, noun



adjective, Wasp·i·er, Wasp·i·est.

Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. of, relating to, or characteristic of WASPs: a Waspy country club.
Also WASP·y, Waspish.

Origin of Waspy

First recorded in 1965–70; WASP + -y1
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Contemporary Examples of waspy

  • He fears showing the WASPy Allison the side of him changed by Kalaj, and, similarly, fears judgment by Kalaj.

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    This Week’s Hot Reads: April 8, 2013

    G. Clay Whittaker

    April 9, 2013

  • “Initially the role was this Beverly Hills WASPy type, but [creator Doug Ellin] wanted whatever essence I had,” said Chriqui.

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    Life After ‘Entourage’

    Marlow Stern

    August 18, 2011

  • But in Massachusetts, they're worried a WASPy wonk running for governor could score another GOP upset.

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    The Next Scott Brown?

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    March 28, 2010

  • It has been, for Dobbs, a Kafka-like metamorphosis from WASPy establishmentarian to angry-populist cockroach.

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    What Happened to the Real Lou?

    Lloyd Grove

    August 5, 2009

  • There is that Waspy, American male, keeping-it-all-under-wraps sort of thing that corners both characters.

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    Adam Scott: Life of the Party

    Miriam Datskovsky, Kara Cutruzzula

    March 20, 2009

Historical Examples of waspy

  • Good quarters—well ribbed up—not like one of the waspy greyhounds they call thoroughbred horses now-a-days.

  • She had none of your Chinese feet, nor waspy, unhealthy waists, which those may admire who will.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • At others they are vividly white; to a certain extent this banded condition recalls the waspy coloration.

  • If mother and dad ever have to go to London for anything, then I might—that is, if Waspy isn't here.

    Hunter's Marjory

    Margaret Bruce Clarke