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Waspish

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Wáspish. adj. [from wasp.] Peevish; malignant; irritable; irascible.

        I'll use you for my laughter,
When you are waspish.
Shakesp. Julius Cæsar.

Come, you wasp, you are too angry.
— If I be waspish, best beware my sting.
Shakespeare.

By the stern brow and waspish action,
Which she did use as she was writing of it,
It bears an angry tenour.
Shak. As you like it.

The taylor's wife was only a good hearty shrew, under the impotency of an unruly waspish humour: she would have her will. L'Estrange.

Upon this gross mistake the poor waspish creature runs on for many leaves. Stillingfleet.

Much do I suffer, much, to keep in peace
This jealous, waspish, wrong-head, rhiming race.
Pope.

Sources: Shakespeare's As You Like It (40) · Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (42) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Stillingfleet, Edward (38) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Waspish." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: June 27, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=6407.


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