Waspy vs Gaspy - What's the difference?

waspy | gaspy |

As adjectives the difference between waspy and gaspy

is that waspy is (label) of, related to, or characteristic of a wasp (white anglo-saxon protestant) or the culture of wasps while gaspy is resembling or characterised by gasps.



Etymology 1


(en adjective)
  • Resembling or characteristic of a wasp; wasplike.
  • * 2001 , Charlaine Harris, Dead Until Dark
  • I'm blond and blue-eyed and twenty-five, and my legs are strong and my bosom is substantial, and I have a waspy waistline.
  • Infested with wasps.
  • a waspy apple

    Etymology 2

    Alternative forms

    * WASPy


    (en adjective)
  • (slang) Like a wasp (white Anglo-Saxon Protestant), a member of the dominant American upper-class culture.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2007, date=June 17, author=Allen Salkin, title=Manny and the Socialites: Let’s Roll, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=“I wasn’t asking the traditional waspy preppy types. }}




  • Resembling or characterised by gasps.
  • * 1894 , Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad
  • Then his eyes began to spread and his breath to come out kinder gaspy like, and he says: "Ger-reat Scott, it's the LONGITUDE!"
  • * {{quote-news, year=2007, date=September 6, author=Mike Albo, title=The Department of Just Right, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=When I tried it on, I discovered why my friends were so gaspy : it fit perfectly. }}