variants or less commonly twirp
: 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 Most of the movie is a vaguely comical swipe at Napoleon in domestic life—an awkward lover, a jealous husband, an inveterate complainer, and in sum an annoying twerp. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023 Kind of a little twerp, now and again. Ashley Fetters Maloy, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2022 What a little twerp! Tolly Wright, Vulture, 2 June 2021 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 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of twerp was circa 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Twerp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a silly or unimportant person
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