American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or suggestive of a wasp.
- adj. Easily irritated or annoyed; irascible.
- adj. Indicative of irritation, annoyance, or spite: a waspish remark.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like a wasp in any way. Having a very slender waist, like the petiole of a wasp's abdomen; wasp-waisted; tight-laced.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Resembling a wasp in form; having a slender waist, like a wasp.
- adj. Quick to resent a trifling affront; characterized by snappishness; irritable; irascible; petulant; snappish.
- adj. very irritable
- From wasp + -ish. (Wiktionary)
“Do they not sometimes get called waspish and shrewish by virtue of their very chastity?”
“If I were a wasp and I’ve been called waspish on occasion, I’d rather be poisoned than stuck to glue where I’ll try to escape and rip off my legs or slowly die an agonizing, slow, slow death full of pain and suffering.”
“My generation's first exposure to Agnes Moorehead wasn't her work for Orson Welles, but when she was well into her 60s and perfecting the waspish put-down of her daughter's attempts at domesticity on a weekly basis in Bewitched.”
“When most male observational comics are trying to come across as the kind of regular blokes you might find propping up the bar at your local, Godliman's more the waspish girl in the corner with a glass of white wine who's smarter than the lot of them put together.”
“He fell completely beyond the arc of his waspish brain and acid tongue and so he seemed utterly confused by the reception he sometimes got.”
“He also fancies himself a playwright, and approaches the well-heeled Mr. Dangle (Darragh Kennan) and the waspish Mr. Sneer (Jonathan Smoots), a pair of opinionated connoisseurs, in the hopes of enlisting their support for his latest effort, a tragedy called "The Spanish Armada" that ranks alongside "The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe" as the worst play ever written.”
“Even in the semi-formal surroundings of the Team GB press marquee there is a waspish chemistry between the pair, and an air of almost marital delicacy when the subject is broached of Grainger's recent outings with alternative partners during Watkins' recent injury break.”
“As Martinez drove down the great spine of the Avenida de América, and on into Castellana, it hit Mulcahy full-on just like the heat had: the car horns, the waspish buzz of scooters, the hurtling, bustling sense of humanity always on the move.”
“Managing to hold his famously waspish tongue, he seemed at ease, a patron of the arts keen on charitable good works, as well as the kind of cause that many would consider lost.”
“Even before the appearance of her ghostly rival, Norris radiates a waspish discontent.”
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