waspish

[ wos-pish ]SEE DEFINITION OF waspish

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WASPISH

The waspish little mutiny was so amusing that Si had to smile in spite of himself.

One must have the wit 'from such a sharp and waspish word as No to pluck the sting.'

When people made him angry he retorted to them with waspish sarcasms.

Though he is crabbed, too; rather crabbed and waspish, when he i'n't pleased.

She said, "I think her a sullen girl; she always looks so sour and waspish."

After, dull booming of distant artillery, or waspish whinings of kettledrums.

When a man is touchy and waspish, he is always looking out for, and catching at, occasions of offence.

Her cutaway coat was buttoned tightly over a manly bosom, and her waist was not waspish.

Two others followed in sharp succession, and there went close by Mary's ear the waspish whine of a minie-ball.

Thus she carried within herself the magic that drew from waspish circumstance its sharpest sting.

WORD ORIGIN

"irrascible, quick to take offense; spiteful," 1560s, from wasp + -ish. Related: Waspishly; waspishness.

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