wasp·​ish | \ ˈwä-spish How to pronounce waspish (audio) , ˈwȯ- \

Definition of waspish

1 : resembling a wasp in behavior especially : snappish, petulant a waspish temper
2 : resembling a wasp in form especially : slightly built

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Other Words from waspish

waspishly adverb
waspishness noun

Examples of waspish in a Sentence

extremely waspish, she uses her wit viciously when irritated
Recent Examples on the Web The author takes a waspish tone that doesn’t always enhance his arguments, but the book is an excellent distillation of a complicated menace. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics: ‘Foretelling the End of Capitalism’ Review," 26 Feb. 2021 The portrait of prewar upper-class English life is superb, the characters are vividly drawn and the comedy, as always in Waugh, is by turns waspish, warm and knockabout. John Banville, WSJ, "Five Best: John Banville on ‘Big House’ Books," 2 Oct. 2020 Once again, waspish commentators noted, an American woman has caused a ruction in the royal family. Washington Post, "Royal reset: Harry, Meghan aim to control their media image," 9 Jan. 2020 Bening is capable of being waspish, consoling, frail, indomitable, and woebegone – sometimes all at once. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "3 movies you should see in May," 30 May 2018 Olney was known to be quite difficult and often waspish about his colleagues. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "Review: The American ‘Gourmands’ Way’ Through France," 17 Nov. 2017 However, for reasons never fully clarified, Jess is torn between her work commitments and demands from her waspish mother (Lea Thompson) to help with the impending nuptials of her sister (Samantha Hill). Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "‘Who We Are Now’: Film Review | TIFF 2017," 10 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of waspish

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Waspish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waspish. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of waspish

: easily annoyed : showing annoyance
: very thin


wasp·​ish | \ ˈwäs-pish How to pronounce waspish (audio) , ˈwȯs- \

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