Simple Definition of wasp
: a black-and-yellow flying insect that can sting
Full Definition of wasp
1 : any of numerous social or solitary winged hymenopterous insects (especially families Sphecidae and Vespidae) that usually have a slender smooth body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk, well-developed wings, biting mouthparts, and in the females and workers an often formidable sting, and that are largely carnivorous and often provision their nests with insects or spiders killed or paralyzed by stinging for their larvae to feed on — compare bee
2 : any of various hymenopterous insects (as a chalcid or ichneumon wasp) other than wasps with larvae that are parasitic on other arthropods
Origin of wasp
Middle English waspe, from Old English wæps, wæsp; akin to Old High German wafsa wasp, Latin vespa wasp
First Known Use: before 12th century
Simple Definition of WASP
: an American whose family originally came from northern Europe and especially Britain and who is considered to be part of the most powerful group in society
Full Definition of WASP
: an American of Northern European and especially British ancestry and of Protestant background; especially : a member of the dominant and the most privileged class of people in the United States
Examples of wasp
Most of the members of the club are wealthy WASPs.
The college had been known as a bastion of WASP privilege.
Variants of wasp
Origin of wasp
white Anglo-Saxon Protestant
First Known Use: 1957
Medical Definition of wasp
: any of numerous social or solitary winged insects (especially families Sphecidae and Vespidae) of the order Hymenoptera that usually have a slender smooth body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk, well-developed wings, biting mouthparts, and in the females and workers an often formidable sting
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