Adjective "waspish" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Readily expressing anger or irritation.
  1. 'Like all diaries, it reflects the mood of the diarist and hence is scrappy, which in turns becomes waspish, gentle, melancholy, flirtatious and always directed by the seasons, scents, gardens and clothes.'
  2. 'I suppose despite her waspish attitude she knows something about fashion.'
  3. 'Are their early waspish criticisms insincere and their later affirmations the real deal, or are the affirmations the fakery and the waspishness the genuine thing?'
  4. 'He is particularly good at the waspish one-line character summary.'
  5. 'She brushed off my waspish words, and waved me away.'
  6. 'The administration that sold itself on simple homespun values and manly virtues has been caught in an act of waspish backstabbing to cover its dishonesty.'
  7. 'There is no waspish remark to follow and I am sorry if this outbreak of sincerity causes any distress.'
  8. 'Nehemiah, who goes with Christ-like love to a ruined Jerusalem, may have lived on in my mind, but my spirit was overtaken by a waspish bitterness that contradicted in my life what I had tried to argue in my book.'
  9. 'His prose was crisp and waspish, but balanced and well informed, and he was able to deliver an authoritative opinion on a wide range of musical events.'
  10. 'On reflection, however, I feel this would be unlikely, because I cannot be alone in considering his regular waspish observations positive endorsement of a production.'


  1. 'While no doubt a few of the neighbors were dismayed by this violation of Waspish color preferences, the effect was both unexpected and charming.'
  2. 'A talented young artist, he returns with a portfolio of animal sketches - and a sudden enthusiasm for Waspish, heartland values.'


1. like or suggesting a wasp, especially 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.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be waspish."

"voices can be waspish."

"tongues can be waspish."

"stings can be waspish."

"spirits can be waspish."

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