Definition of whippersnapper
: a diminutive, insignificant, or presumptuous person
Examples of whippersnapper in a Sentence
some young whippersnapper piped up with a pointless comment
Recent Examples of whippersnapper from the Web
A bunch of relative whippersnappers in their 50s also made the Tony nominations cut, including David Hyde Pierce for Hello, Dolly!
In modern-day literature, whippersnappers who wouldn't know a mule from a hole in the ground are killing mules by the caravan.
Saturday, the Sharks were finished off by an Oilers’ squad of young whippersnappers, many of whom had never been involved in any postseason games.
A bunch of West Coast whippersnappers go into your site, figure out when your customers are spending money, tell a robot to take additional amounts out regularly and then invest the money someplace else.
Meanwhile, Guided By Voices’ hyper-prolific front man Robert Pollard beat those two whippersnappers by several years, screaming to life in 1957.
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Origin and Etymology of whippersnapper
alteration of snippersnapper
First Known Use: 1700See Words from the same year
WHIPPERSNAPPER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of whippersnapper for English Language Learners
: a young person who annoys older people by being very confident and acting like someone important
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