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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Once again, waspish commentators noted, an American woman has caused a ruction in the British royal family. Danica Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, "With ‘Megxit,’ Prince Harry and Meghan aim to control their media image," 9 Jan. 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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'waspish.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of waspish

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about waspish

Time Traveler for waspish

Time Traveler

The first known use of waspish was in 1566

See more words from the same year

Statistics for waspish

Last Updated

13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Waspish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waspish. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for waspish


How to pronounce waspish (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of waspish

: easily annoyed : showing annoyance
: very thin


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

Kids Definition of waspish

Other Words from waspish

waspishly adverb

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on waspish

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for waspish

Spanish Central: Translation of waspish

Nglish: Translation of waspish for Spanish Speakers

Comments on waspish

What made you want to look up waspish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!