What does WASP mean?

Definitions for WASPwɒsp

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. WASP, white Anglo-Saxon Protestant(noun)

    a white person of Anglo-Saxon ancestry who belongs to a Protestant denomination

  2. wasp(noun)

    social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wasp(noun)

    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

  2. Origin: [OE. waspe, AS. wps, wfs; akin to D. wesp, G. wespe, OHG. wafsa, wefsa, Lith. vapsa gadfly, Russ. osa wasp, L. vespa, and perhaps to E. weave.]


  1. Wasp

    The term wasp is typically defined as any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a bee nor an ant. Almost every pest insect species has at least one wasp species that preys upon it or parasitizes it, making wasps critically important in natural control of their numbers, or natural biocontrol. Parasitic wasps are increasingly used in agricultural pest control as they prey mostly on pest insects and have little impact on crops.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wasp

    wosp, n. a popular name for Hymenopterous insects belonging to the family Vespidæ, or to closely related families—(Wasps are generally more slender and much less hairy than bees, and their stinging organ—an ovipositor—resembles that of bees in structure and mode of action): a petulant and spiteful person.—adjs. Was′pish, like a wasp: having a slender waist like a wasp: quick to resent an affront; Was′pish-head′ed (Shak.), passionate.—adv. Was′pishly.—n. Was′pishness.—adjs. Wasp′-tongued (Shak.), biting in tongue, shrewish; Wasp′-waist′ed, very slender waisted, laced tightly; Was′py, waspish. [A.S. wæsp, wæps; Ger. wespe, L. vespa.]

Editors Contribution

  1. wasp

    A type of insect of various colors and species.

    Wasps serve different functions in the insect kingdom.

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  1. WASP

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Anagrams for WASP »

  1. Paws

  2. Swap

  3. WSPA


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WASP in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WASP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bruce Arnold:

    You … have shown that you can fly wingtip to wingtip with your brothers. If ever there was doubt in anyone’s mind that women could become skilled pilots, the WASPs dispelled that doubt. I want to stress how valuable the whole WASP program has been for the country.

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