waspish


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wasp·ish

 (wŏs′pĭsh)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or suggestive of a wasp.
2. Easily irritated or annoyed; irascible.
3. Indicative of irritation, annoyance, or spite: a waspish remark.

wasp′ish·ly adv.
wasp′ish·ness n.

waspish

(ˈwɒspɪʃ)
adj
1. relating to or suggestive of a wasp
2. easily annoyed or angered
ˈwaspishly adv
ˈwaspishness n

wasp•ish

(ˈwɒs pɪʃ)

adj.
1. like or suggesting a wasp, esp. in behavior.
2. snappish or peevish; petulant; testy.
3. having a slight or slender build.
[1560–70]
wasp′ish•ly, adv.
wasp′ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.waspish - very irritable; "bristly exchanges between the White House and the press"; "he became prickly and spiteful"; "witty and waspish about his colleagues"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

waspish

adjective bad-tempered, cross, irritable, grumpy, touchy, petulant, waxy (informal, chiefly Brit.), ill-tempered, irascible, cantankerous, peppery, crabbed, tetchy, ratty (Brit. & N.Z. informal), testy, chippy (informal), fretful, peevish, crabby, splenetic, crotchety (informal), snappish, liverish, captious, pettish Her tone was somewhat waspish and abrupt.
pleasant, cheerful, agreeable, easy-going, good-humoured, genial, affable, jovial, good-natured

waspish

adjective
Translations
زُنْبوري، شَرِس، لاذِع
hvidt angelsaksisk protestantiskskarp
tüskés természetû
hvefsinn, fyrtinn
huysuzterszengin ve muhafazakâr Protestan olan

waspish

[ˈwɒspɪʃ] ADJ [character, person] → irritable, irascible; [remark] → mordaz, punzante

waspish

[ˈwɒspɪʃ] adjirritablewasp-waisted [ˌwɒspˈweɪstɪd] adjà la taille de guêpe

waspish

adj, waspishly
advgiftig

waspish

[ˈwɒspɪʃ] adj (character) → litigioso/a; (comment) → pungente

WASP

(wosp) noun (abbreviation)
White Anglo-Saxon Protestant; a term used critically (often by minority groups) to refer to the members of the privileged upper middle class in the USA.
Waspish adjective
a Waspish neighborhood.
ˈwaspish adjective
(of a person) unpleasant in manner, temper etc. a nasty, waspish young woman.
ˈwaspishly adverb
ˈwaspishness noun
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When she chose, his sister's tongue could be waspish.
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In temperament he was weak and waspish, and his health had suffered heavily from oriental experiments with opium.
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Judy has defied the critics - and some Judy has defied the critics - and some very waspish comments from the judges very waspish comments from the judges - to survive in the BBC1 sh ow.
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