from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous social or solitary insects, chiefly of the superfamilies Vespoidea and Sphecoidea, having a slender body with a constricted abdomen, two pairs of membranous wings, mouths adapted for biting or sucking, and in the females an ovipositor often modified as a sting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of many types of stinging flying insect resembling a hornet or bee.
- n. A person who behaves in an angry or insolent way, hence waspish.
- n. A member of the dominant American upper-class culture, a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of stinging hymenopterous insects, esp. any of the numerous species of the genus Vespa, which includes the true, or social, wasps, some of which are called yellow jackets.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any one of several families, many genera, and very numerous species of aculeate hymenopterous insects, whose wings fold lengthwise in a peculiar manner when the insects rest, which insects are hence collectively called Diploptera.
- n. Figuratively, a person characterized by ill nature, petulance, peevishness, irritability, or petty malignity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting
- n. a white person of Anglo-Saxon ancestry who belongs to a Protestant denomination
Middle English waspe, from Old English wæps, wæsp.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally an acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. (Wiktionary)