wasp

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wasp

From Old English wæsp, from Proto-Germanic *wepsō-, from Proto-Indo-European *wobʰseh₂ (wasp), from *webʰ- (weave) (referring to the insect's woven nests).

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wasp (plural wasps)

  1. Any of many types of stinging flying insect resembling a hornet or bee.
  2. A person who behaves in an angry or insolent way, hence waspish.


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Etymology 2[edit]

Originally an acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant.

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wasp (plural wasps)

  1. A member of the dominant American upper-class culture, a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant.

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