whip·​per·​snap·​per ˈ(h)wi-pər-ˌsna-pər How to pronounce whippersnapper (audio)
: a diminutive, insignificant, or presumptuous person

Examples of whippersnapper in a Sentence

some young whippersnapper piped up with a pointless comment
Recent Examples on the Web Old fogeys and young whippersnappers put their knowledge of trivia to the test for a second season. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2023 The sensation is akin to being a still-fit grandpa that shows up to a family reunion that’s filled with young whippersnappers. Marco Della Cava, Robb Report, 27 Apr. 2023 You little whippersnapper, Liz Feldman! Yvonne Villarrealstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 Not so fast there, whippersnapper. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 13 May 2022 That at least is the sentiment among some on Savile Row, where the hoodie years are giving way to a boom in suiting, according to Campbell Carey, the creative director of that whippersnapper tailoring firm Huntsman, founded in 1849. Guy Trebay, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2022 Brian Switek, one of the junior members of the science-blogging-whippersnapper brigade, has written a detailed look back at the saga of Darwinius, the primate fossil that held Mayor Bloomberg captive at a press conference. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2010 Wilson was not the only whippersnapper onstage at TED on Wednesday. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2013 And there may be clams around cold seeps or on the Antarctic sea bottom that make Ming look like a whippersnapper. Steven N. Austad, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


alteration of snippersnapper

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whippersnapper was in 1700

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“Whippersnapper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whippersnapper. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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whip·​per·​snap·​per ˈhwip-ər-ˌsnap-ər How to pronounce whippersnapper (audio)
: a small, unimportant, or overly confident person

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