What does waspish mean?

Definitions for waspish
ˈwɒs pɪʃwaspish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bristly, prickly, splenetic, waspishadjective

    very irritable

    "bristly exchanges between the White House and the press"; "he became prickly and spiteful"; "witty and waspish about his colleagues"


  1. waspishadjective

    Suggestive of the behaviour of a wasp.

  2. waspishadjective

    Spiteful or irascible.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Waspishadjective

    Peevish; malignant; irritable; irascible.

    Etymology: from wasp.

    I’ll use you for my laughter,
    When you are waspish. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Come, you wasp, you are too angry.
    —— If I be waspish, best beware my sting. William Shakespeare.

    By the stern brow and waspish action,
    Which she did use as she was writing of it,
    It bears an angry tenour. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    The taylor’s wife was only a good hearty shrew, under the impotency of an unruly waspish humour: she would have her will. Roger L'Estrange.

    Upon this gross mistake the poor waspish creature runs on for many leaves. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Much do I suffer, much, to keep in peace
    This jealous, waspish, wrong-head, rhiming race. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Waspishadjective

    resembling a wasp in form; having a slender waist, like a wasp

  2. Waspishadjective

    quick to resent a trifling affront; characterized by snappishness; irritable; irascible; petulant; snappish

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of waspish in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of waspish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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