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

: a silly, insignificant, or contemptible person

Examples of twerp in a Sentence

Some little twerp took her seat. Her boyfriend's just a pretentious twerp.
Recent Examples on the Web His Abigail is a perfect twerp, the peevish flipside to Pitt's Most Interesting Man in the World shtick. Leah Greenblatt,, 18 Mar. 2022 When Briggs leaves Lulu in a (cool, safe) car at night, an animal-rights twerp seeks to break a window with a rock to let in some air, until Briggs advises him why this would be a bad idea. Kyle Smith, National Review, 18 Feb. 2022 That’s the mystery and the magnetism of what the actor’s doing, and without it this Henry would merely be a Lancastrian twerp., 24 Oct. 2019 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, 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, 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, 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, 11 Feb. 2016 See More

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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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“Twerp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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