waspish

  • 1 Waspish — Wasp ish, a. 1. Resembling a wasp in form; having a slender waist, like a wasp. [1913 Webster] 2. Quick to resent a trifling affront; characterized by snappishness; irritable; irascible; petulant; snappish. [1913 Webster] He was naturally a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 waspish — index fractious, perverse, petulant, querulous, resentful Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 waspish — irrascible, quick to take offense; spiteful, 1560s, from WASP (Cf. wasp) + ISH (Cf. ish). Related: Waspishly; waspishness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 waspish — snappish, *irritable, fractious, peevish, petulant, pettish, huffy, fretful, querulous Analogous words: testy, touchy, cranky, cross, *irascible: *impatient: *contrary, perverse: spiteful, *malicious …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 waspish — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ sharply irritable. DERIVATIVES waspishly adverb waspishness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 waspish — [wäs′pish, wôs′pish] adj. 1. of or like a wasp 2. having a slender waist, like a wasp 3. bad tempered; snappish waspishly adv. waspishness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 waspish — [[t]wɒ̱spɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED A waspish remark or sense of humour is sharp and critical. ...a lawyer with an inventive mind and a waspish sense of humour …

    English dictionary

  • 8 waspish — mod. in the manner of a WASP. □ She looks sort of waspish, but she’s not. □ Sally is a waspish kind of yuppie …

    Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 9 waspish — adjective Date: 1566 1. resembling a wasp in behavior; especially snappish, petulant < a waspish temper > 2. resembling a wasp in form; especially slightly built • waspishly adverb • waspishness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 waspish — waspishly, adv. waspishness, n. /wos pish/, adj. 1. like or suggesting a wasp, esp. 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 …

    Universalium

  • 11 Waspish — Waspishly, WASPishly, adv. Waspishness, WASPishness, n. /wos pish/, adj. Waspy. Also, WASPish. [1965 70; WASP + ISH1] * * * …

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  • 12 waspish — wasp|ish [ˈwɔspıʃ US ˈwa: , ˈwo: ] adj bad tempered and cruel in the things that you say ▪ waspish remarks >waspishly adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 waspish — wasp|ish [ waspıʃ ] adjective someone who is waspish often says cruel things in an angry way ╾ wasp|ish|ly adverb ╾ wasp|ish|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 waspish — adjective bad tempered and cruel in the things that you say: waspish remarks waspishly adverb waspishness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 waspish — adjective he s a waspish old geezer Syn: irritable, touchy, testy, cross, snappish, cantankerous, splenetic, short tempered, bad tempered, moody, ornery, crotchety, crabby; informal grouchy …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 waspish — UK [ˈwɒspɪʃ] / US [ˈwɑspɪʃ] adjective someone who is waspish often says cruel things in an angry way Derived words: waspishly adverb waspishness noun uncountable …

    English dictionary

  • 17 waspish — /ˈwɒspɪʃ / (say wospish) adjective 1. like or suggesting a wasp. 2. quick to resent a trifling affront or injury; snappish. 3. showing irascibility or petulance: waspish writing. 4. having a slender waist, like a wasp. {wasp + ish1} –waspishly,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 Waspish — adjective see WASP …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 waspish — adjective /ˈwɒs.pɪʃ,ˈwɑ.spɪʃ/ a) Suggestive of the behaviour of a wasp. b) Spiteful or irascible. Syn: irascible, spiteful …

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  • 20 waspish — Synonyms and related words: bearish, bitchy, cankered, cantankerous, churlish, contrary, crabbed, cranky, cross, cross grained, crotchety, crusty, cussed, disagreeable, excitable, feisty, fractious, fretful, huffish, huffy, impatient, irascible,… …

    Moby Thesaurus