waspish


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Waspish \Wasp"ish\, a.
   1. Resembling a wasp in form; having a slender waist, like a
      wasp.
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   2. Quick to resent a trifling affront; characterized by
      snappishness; irritable; irascible; petulant; snappish.
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            He was naturally a waspish and hot man. --Bp. Hall.
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            Much do I suffer, much, to keep in peace
            This jealous, waspish, wrong-head, rhyming race.
                                                  --Pope.
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   Syn: Snappish; petulant; irritable; irascible; testy;
        peevish; captious.
        [1913 Webster] -- Wasp"ish*ly, adv. --
        Wasp"ish*ness, n.
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