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waspish (WOS-pish) adjective

1. Like a wasp, in behavior (stinging) or in form (slender build).

2. Easily annoyed; irascible; petulant.

[From wasp, from Middle English waspe, from Old English waesp, from waeps.]

"His occasionally waspish sense of humour always derided pomposity and self-regard." Sue Harper, Obituary: Robert Gray: He Unravelled the Links Between Class and Language, The Guardian (London), Apr 26, 2001.

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