wasp waist

wasp waist
noun Date: 1870 a very slender waist • wasp-waisted adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Wasp waist — refers to a silhouette, given by a style of corset and girdle, that has experienced various periods of popularity in the 19th and 20th centuries.Its primary feature is the abrupt transition from a natural width rib cage to an exceedingly small… …   Wikipedia

  • wasp waist — wasp′ waist n. a slender waistline wasp′ waist ed, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • wasp waist — n. a very slender or tightly corseted waist …   English World dictionary

  • wasp waist — noun a very slender waist • Hypernyms: ↑waist, ↑waistline * * * noun : a very slender waist; specifically : a woman s tightly laced waistline * * * wasp waisted, adj. a woman s slender waistline, esp. when the result of tight cor …   Useful english dictionary

  • wasp waist — wasp waisted, adj. a woman s slender waistline, esp. when the result of tight corseting. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • wasp waist — noun a woman s very narrow or tightly corseted waist. Derivatives wasp waisted adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • wasp waist — /ˈwɒsp weɪst/ (say wosp wayst) noun a slender, or tightly laced, waist. –wasp waisted, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • wasp-waist|ed — «WOSP WAYS tihd, WSP », adjective. having a very slender waist …   Useful english dictionary

  • wasp — O.E. wæps, wæsp, altered (probably by influence of L. vespa) from W.Gmc. *wabis (Cf. O.S. waspa, M.Du. wespe, Du. wesp, O.H.G. wafsa, Ger. Wespe, Dan. hveps), from PIE *wobhes /*wops (Cf. L. vespa, Lith. vapsa, O.C.S. vosa …   Etymology dictionary

  • Waist cincher — A short corset, 1860, of one part. A waist cincher (sometimes referred to as a Waspie) is a belt worn around the waist to make the wearer s waist physically smaller, or to create the illusion of being smaller. Contents 1 …   Wikipedia

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