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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wos-pish]
    • /ˈwɒs pɪʃ/
    • /ˈwɒs.pɪʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wos-pish]
    • /ˈwɒs pɪʃ/

Definitions of waspish word

  • abbreviation WASPISH Waspy. 1
  • noun waspish Readily expressing anger or irritation. 1
  • adjective waspish A waspish remark or sense of humour is sharp and critical. 0
  • adjective waspish relating to or suggestive of a wasp 0
  • adjective waspish easily annoyed or angered 0
  • adjective waspish of or like a wasp 0

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Origin of waspish

First appearance:

before 1560
One of the 32% oldest English words
First recorded in 1560-70; wasp + -ish1

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Parts of speech for Waspish


waspish popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 69% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 59% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

waspish usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for waspish

adjective waspish

  • waspy — Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. of, relating to, or characteristic of WASPs: a Waspy country club.
  • irritable — easily irritated or annoyed; readily excited to impatience or anger.
  • touchy — apt to take offense on slight provocation; irritable: He is very touchy when he's sick.
  • irascible — easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man.
  • cantankerous — Someone who is cantankerous is always finding things to argue or complain about.

Antonyms for waspish

adjective waspish

  • affable — Someone who is affable is pleasant and friendly.
  • friendly — characteristic of or befitting a friend; showing friendship: a friendly greeting.

Top questions with waspish

  • what does waspish mean?

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