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waspish

[wos-pish] /ˈwɒs pɪʃ/
adjective
1.
like or suggesting a wasp, especially in behavior.
2.
quick to resent a trifling affront or injury; snappish.
3.
irascibly or petulantly spiteful:
waspish writing.
4.
having a slight or slender build.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; wasp + -ish1
Related forms
waspishly, adverb
waspishness, noun
Synonyms
2. resentful. 3. testy, touchy.

Waspish

[wos-pish] /ˈwɒs pɪʃ/
adjective
1.
Also, WASPish.
Origin
1965-70; WASP + -ish1
Related forms
Waspishly, WASPishly, adverb
Waspishness, WASPishness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for waspishness

waspish

/ˈwɒspɪʃ/
adjective
1.
relating to or suggestive of a wasp
2.
easily annoyed or angered
Derived Forms
waspishly, adverb
waspishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for waspishness

waspish

adj.

"irrascible, quick to take offense; spiteful," 1560s, from wasp + -ish. Related: Waspishly; waspishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for waspishness

wash out

verb phrase
  1. To fail, esp to fail to finish a pilot-training course and be qualified: Then I was washed out on a slight technicality (WWI flyers)
  2. To eliminate or cancel; scratch, scrub
  3. To lose all one's money; tap out: hustlers who really knew how to gamble. I always got washed out (1900s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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