waspish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj waspish very irritable "bristly exchanges between the White House and the press","he became prickly and spiteful","witty and waspish about his colleagues"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Waspish Quick to resent a trifling affront; characterized by snappishness; irritable; irascible; petulant; snappish. "He was naturally a waspish and hot man.""Much do I suffer, much, to keep in peace
      This jealous, waspish , wrong-head, rhyming race."
    • Waspish Resembling a wasp in form; having a slender waist, like a wasp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • waspish Like a wasp in any way. Having a very slender waist, like the petiole of a wasp's abdomen; wasp-waisted; tight-laced.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Waspish like a wasp: having a slender waist like a wasp: quick to resent an affront
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæsp, wæps; Ger. wespe, L. vespa.

Usage

In literature:

When she chose, his sister's tongue could be waspish.
"Dust" by Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
One must have the wit 'from such a sharp and waspish word as No to pluck the sting.
"Framley Parsonage" by Anthony Trollope
I could think of no other waspish old woman.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
No one could understand the grounds for Colney's more than usual waspishness.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
As for that wit which should pluck the sting "from such a sharp and waspish word as 'no,'" I fear she had it not.
"The Small House at Allington" by Anthony Trollope
They were stung to fury against Spain and against Barneveld by the waspish effusions of the daily press.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
A better weapon than his waspish tongue was Parpon's voice, for it, before all, was persuasive.
"When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
He turned instantly, with a waspish ferocity.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Waspish = malgxentila, ekkolerema.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
A waspish, crabbed old wretch, that's what you are!
"On With Torchy" by Sewell Ford
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In poetry:

Yet, if he find war at home
(Waspish and importunate),
He hath means to overcome
Any warrior at his gate;
For the past he buried brings
Back unburiable things—
"The Expert" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Zoe Lister -Jones will succeed Lily Rabe in Broadway's Seminar, the Theresa Rebeck comedy about young novelists whose work is judged by a waspish editor.
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