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pipsqueak Line breaks: pip|squeak
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪpskwiːk/

Definition of pipsqueak in English:

noun

informal
A person considered to be insignificant, especially because they are small or young: I was damned if a nineteen-year-old pipsqueak with spots was going to make me feel loathsome
More example sentences
  • I'm about average height now, I like to think, but I was a pipsqueak as a kid.
  • Think of America not as the playground bully but as the well-muscled mild-mannered good kid who finally hauls off and whacks the loudmouth pipsqueak who won't stop bugging him.
  • Least understandable, though, is the Mercury music prize, with its piffling purse and its pompous panel of five pipsqueaks.
Synonyms
insignificant person, nobody, nonentity, non-person, gnat, insect, cipher, pygmy;
upstart
informalsquirt, stripling
British informalnerk, johnny, squit, whippersnapper
Scottish informalnyaff
North American informalbozo, picayune, pisher, snip
datedpuppy, pup
archaic, , informaldandiprat

Origin

Early 20th century: symbolic and imitative.

Words that rhyme with pipsqueak

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