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 (wŏsp, wôsp)
Any of numerous social or solitary hymenopterans of the suborder Apocrita, especially of the family Vespidae, that characteristically have a slender hairless body with a constricted abdomen, two pairs of membranous wings, a mouth adapted for biting or sucking, and in the females an ovipositor sometimes modified as a sting.

[Middle English waspe, from Old English wæps, wæsp.]

wasp′y adj.


or Wasp  (wŏsp, wôsp)
A white person of Protestant English or other Northern European ancestry, especially one belonging to the American upper class.

[W(hite) A(nglo-)S(axon) P(rotestant).]

WASP′y adj.


or Wasp  (wäsp)
A member of Women's Airforce Service Pilots, organized during World War II as part of the US Army Air Forces to ferry aircraft and to test new aircraft. The organization was disbanded in 1944.

[From W(omen's) A(irforce) S(ervice) P(ilots).]
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(ˈwɒs pi)

adj. wasp•i•er, wasp•i•est.
resembling a wasp; waspish.
wasp′i•ly, adv.
wasp′i•ness, n.


or WASP•y

(ˈwɒs pi)

adj. Wasp•i•er or WASP•i•er, Wasp•i•est or WASP•i•est.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of WASPs: a Waspy country club.
Sometimes, Wasp′ish.
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