whip·​per·​snap·​per | \ ˈhwi-pər-ˌsna-pər, ˈwi-\

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

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Would this shirtless whippersnapper rob Timothée of his title? Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "How Did Timothée Chalamet Spend 2018? We’re So Glad You Asked," 10 Dec. 2018 For a relative whippersnapper (he’s 38), Reihan Salam has been writing about the relationship between the Republican Party’s policy agenda and its electoral coalition for a long time. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "No, Democratic Populism Won’t Force GOP To Accept Big Government," 1 May 2018 Cook, 32, acknowledges that most young whippersnappers just don’t print out photos as part of their regular routine. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, "These companies want you to print your pictures," 16 Mar. 2018 That whippersnapper, in other words, would look fly af. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Royals camp, Big 12, Mizzou, Chiefs outlook, Sporting, and more | The Kansas City Star," 6 Mar. 2018 But get this: According to a Goldman Sachs survey, Generation Z (the oldest are roughly 25 now) is more valuable to organizations than even those whippersnapper Millennials. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, "Small business trends: Look out for the rise of the robots," 15 Jan. 2018 In modern-day literature, whippersnappers who wouldn't know a mule from a hole in the ground are killing mules by the caravan. Southern Living, "Southern Journal: The Quill and the Mule," 22 Mar. 2011 There are certainly octogenarians who are physically fit, sharp as a tack, and as competent at work as any whippersnapper. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Should Not Consider a Presidential Nominee Who’s Older Than Trump," 22 Oct. 2017 In many of the most popular clips, these whippersnappers engage in adultlike conversations, amusingly given their babyish voices. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "Why Isn’t Your Toddler Paying the Mortgage?," 27 Sep. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of whippersnapper

: a young person who annoys older people by being very confident and acting like someone important

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