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wasp

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noun \ˈwäsp, ˈwȯsp\

Simple Definition of wasp

  • : a black-and-yellow flying insect that can sting

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wasp

  1. 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. 2 :  any of various hymenopterous insects (as a chalcid or ichneumon wasp) other than wasps with larvae that are parasitic on other arthropods

wasplike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

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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

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WASP

noun, often attributive \ˈwäsp, ˈwȯsp\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of WASP

sometimes disparaging

  1. :  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

Waspdom play \-dəm\ noun, sometimes disparaging
Waspish play \ˈwäs-pish, ˈwȯs-\ adjective, sometimes disparaging
Waspishness noun, sometimes disparaging
Waspy play \-pē\ adjective, sometimes disparaging

Examples of wasp in a sentence

  1. Most of the members of the club are wealthy WASPs.

  2. The college had been known as a bastion of WASP privilege.



Variants of wasp

or Wasp play \ˈwäsp, ˈwȯsp\

Origin of wasp

white Anglo-Saxon Protestant


First Known Use: 1957


WASP Defined for Kids

wasp

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noun \ˈwäsp, ˈwȯsp\

Definition of wasp for Students

  1. :  a winged insect related to the bee and ant that has a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and that in females and workers is capable of giving a very painful sting




Medical Dictionary

wasp

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noun \ˈwäsp, ˈwȯsp\

Medical Definition of wasp

  1. :  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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