redoubtable & waspish

redoubtable rih-DOW-tuh-buhl, adjective:
1. Arousing fear or alarm; formidable.

2. Illustrious; eminent; worthy of respect or honor.

Redoubtable derives from Old French redouter, “to dread,” from Medieval Latin redubitare, “to fear,” literally “to doubt back at,” from Latin re- + dubitare, “to doubt.”

waspish (WOS-pish) adjective

1. Like a wasp, in behavior (stinging) or in form (slender build).

2. Easily annoyed; irascible; petulant.

[From wasp, from Middle English waspe, from Old English waesp, from waeps.]

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