Wasp meaning

wŏsp, wôsp
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A member of Women's Airforce Service Pilots, organized during World War II as part of the US Army Air Forces to ferry aircraft and to test new aircraft. The organization was disbanded in 1944.
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A white Protestant of Anglo-Saxon ancestry.
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Any of various families of winged hymenopteran insects, characterized by a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk, biting mouthparts, and, in the females and workers, a vicious sting that can be used repeatedly: some wasps, as the hornet, are characterized by a colonial or social organization.
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Any of numerous social or solitary hymenopterans of the suborder Apocrita, especially of the family Vespidae, that characteristically have a slender hairless body with a constricted abdomen, two pairs of membranous wings, a mouth adapted for biting or sucking, and in the females an ovipositor sometimes modified as a sting.
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A white, usually Protestant member of the American upper social class.
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A person who belongs to or is thought of as being part of a white, upper middle-class, N European, Protestant group regarded as traditionally dominating economic, political, and cultural activity in the U.S.
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Any of numerous social or solitary hymenopterans of the suborder Apocrita, especially of the family Vespidae, that characteristically have a slender hairless body with a constricted abdomen, two pairs of membranous wings, a mouth adapted for biting or sucking, and in the females an ovipositor sometimes modified as a sting.
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(Wireless ASP) An application provider that hosts wireless applications over the Web. There are WASPs that offer ready-made applications for particular industries, while others, such as Air2Web, provide a platform that serves as a gateway between the wireless application and the air interfaces. The latter can be hosted by the provider or the customer. See Air2Web.
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Any of many types of stinging flying insect resembling a hornet or bee.
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A person who behaves in an angry or insolent way, hence waspish.
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A member of the dominant American upper-class culture, a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant.
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The definition of a wasp is a winged insect with a slender body, a mouth that can bite and a stinger on females (workers and queens), or is a slang, shortened form of the phrase white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant.

An example of a wasp is an insect that may sting you when you are outside.

An example of a Wasp is a man of British and Protestant heritage.

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Origin of wasp

  • Middle English waspe from Old English wæps, wæsp

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From W(omen's) A(irforce) S(ervice) P(ilots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • W(hite) A(nglo-)S(axon) P(rotestant)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English wæsp, from Proto-Germanic *wepsō-, from Proto-Indo-European *wobÊ°sehâ‚‚ (“wasp"), from *webÊ°- (“weave") (referring to the insect's woven nests).

    From Wiktionary

  • Originally an acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant.

    From Wiktionary