\ ˈtwərp How to pronounce twerp (audio) \
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Definition of twerp

: a silly, insignificant, or contemptible person

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Examples of twerp in a Sentence

Some little twerp took her seat. Her boyfriend's just a pretentious twerp.

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To that end, its supporting characters are vivid: One step above Travis in the FAM hierarchy is Cody (Théodore Pellerin), a type-A twerp with a masochistic streak. Judy Berman, Time, "On Becoming a God in Central Florida," 20 Aug. 2019 The fear is that kids who habitually order Amazon's Alexa to read them a story or command Google's Assistant to tell them a joke are learning to communicate not as polite, considerate citizens, but as demanding little twerps. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Hey Alexa, What Are You Doing to My Kid's Brain?," 11 May 2018 In addition to that little twerp from New England, Ballard also interviewed Matt Nagy, Mike Vrabel, Matt Ruhle and Kris Richard, and scheduled an interview with Steve Wilks that was canceled. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: I love* Colts hire of Frank Reich, and doubters can kiss my asterisk," 11 Feb. 2018 Her latest protégé, Don Atari (Kyle Mooney), is an anti-fashion hipster and sour little twerp whose idea of a fashion-show locale is a garbage dump. Stephen Holden, New York Times, "Movie Review: ‘Zoolander 2’," 11 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of twerp

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for twerp

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of twerp

informal : someone who is stupid or annoying

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