whippersnapper

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noun whip·per·snap·per \ˈhwi-pər-ˌsna-pər, ˈwi-\

Definition of whippersnapper

  1. :  a diminutive, insignificant, or presumptuous person

Examples of whippersnapper in a sentence

  1. <some young whippersnapper piped up with a pointless comment>

Origin and Etymology of whippersnapper

alteration of snippersnapper


First Known Use: 1700


WHIPPERSNAPPER Defined for English Language Learners

whippersnapper

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noun whip·per·snap·per \ˈhwi-pər-ˌsna-pər, ˈwi-\

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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