Meaning of “wasp” in the English Dictionary

"wasp" in British English

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waspnoun [ C ]

uk /wɒsp/ us /wɑːsp/

B2 a flying insect, often black and yellow, that can sting (= produce a small, painful skin injury):

There's a wasps' nest in that old tree.
a wasp sting

More examples

  • A wasp came towards us and Howard started flailing his arms around.
  • She had a puncture wound in her arm, from a wasp sting.
  • I got stung by a wasp yesterday.
  • My foot swelled up to three times the normal size when it was stung by a wasp.

WASPnoun [ C ]

also Wasp uk /wɒsp/ us /wɑːsp/ mainly US sometimes disapproving

abbreviation for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant: a white American whose family originally came from northern Europe, and is therefore part of a group often considered as having the most influence and the most money in American society:

My mother comes from an old WASP family which has been in this country for 350 years.
Waspy
adjective uk /ˈwɒs.pi/ us /ˈwɑː.spi/ also Waspish

(Definition of “wasp” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wasp" in American English

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waspnoun [ C ]

us /wɑsp, wɔsp/

a flying insect that is able to sting repeatedly

WASPnoun [ C ]

us /wɑsp, wɔsp/

abbreviation for white Anglo-Saxon protestant (= a white, Protestant American whose family originally came from northwestern Europe)

(Definition of “wasp” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)