whip·​per·​snap·​per | \ ˈ(h)wi-pər-ˌsna-pər How to pronounce whippersnapper (audio) \

Definition of whippersnapper

: a diminutive, insignificant, or presumptuous person

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Examples of whippersnapper in a Sentence

some young whippersnapper piped up with a pointless comment
Recent Examples on the Web Help impart some old-school championship lessons on his young whippersnapper teammates. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Brock Holt’s perfect role in the Rangers’ clubhouse: Teaching old-school championship lessons," 25 Mar. 2021 The space is now occupied by the flagship of Hackett, a company that is a relative whippersnapper at 37 years old. David Segal, New York Times, "To Survive the Pandemic, Savile Row Cuts a Bespoke Strategy," 15 Nov. 2020 Now stop being such an ungrateful whippersnapper, and call your grandma. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "How To Convince Your Family To Take Coronavirus Seriously," 26 Mar. 2020 From its inception up until 2014 or 2015, the Ars virtual office was plain-jane IRC—that's Internet Relay Chat for you whippersnappers. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The tools and tricks that let Ars Technica function without a physical office," 28 Jan. 2020 Even then, millennials will be protecting scraps left behind by boomers from a new generation of young whippersnappers looking for a fair share of the 2040 American pie. Stuart Gray St. Augustine, Fla. WSJ, "Bernie, Boomers and Earnest Young Socialists," 24 Jan. 2020 The new series, created by original writers Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman, alters the script – in which five kids were orphaned – and instead makes its quintet of whippersnappers fend for themselves after their parents are deported to Mexico. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: A deportation-focused ‘Party of Five’ remake is timely but shallow," 8 Jan. 2020 Trains make all these cars look like whippersnappers; fellow Hall member Lionel Trains dates all the way back to 1900. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The 3 Toys That Made This Year's Toy Hall of Fame Class," 12 Nov. 2019 The day is fast approaching when Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka will be chasing these whippersnappers at majors, not leading the way. Tad Reeve, Twin Cities, "Tad Reeve: The future of golf breaks out at the 3M Open," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of whippersnapper

1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whippersnapper

alteration of snippersnapper

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The first known use of whippersnapper was in 1700

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5 Apr 2021

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“Whippersnapper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whippersnapper. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whippersnapper

informal + old-fashioned : a young person who annoys older people by being very confident and acting like someone important

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