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

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 on the Web The makeup artist turned beauty-brand entrepreneur is an undeniable legend — a luminary in a way that a teen TikTok whippersnapper could only hope to be. Marci Robin, Allure, 9 Mar. 2022 Far from a whippersnapper, Flack—a pioneering photorealist painter, sculptor of monumental bronze, and an artist who has works in museum collections ranging from MoMA to the National Gallery of Australia—still sees no end to her creativity. Samantha Baskind, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Aug. 2021 Now 90 years old, the renowned photorealist shows no sign of slowing down Audrey Flack laughs when remembering that painter Alice Neel called her a whippersnapper in the 1970s. Samantha Baskind, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Aug. 2021 Help impart some old-school championship lessons on his young whippersnapper teammates. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 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, 15 Nov. 2020 Now stop being such an ungrateful whippersnapper, and call your grandma. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, 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, 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, 24 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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“Whippersnapper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whippersnapper. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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