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

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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 My word, there’s just no satisfying those modish, waspishBritish; already the backlash starts for yesterday’s darling of Christine Keeler prurience…. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Meanwhile, in the bowels of digitalia," 25 Jan. 2005

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First Known Use of waspish

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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Other Words from waspish

waspishly adverb

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