Definition of whippersnapper in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪpəsnapə/


A young and inexperienced person considered to be presumptuous or overconfident: I know her better than you do, you young whippersnapper!
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  • We'll show those young whippersnappers a thing or two about vomiting in doorways!
  • With all this talk about young whippersnappers trying to get involved in politics, it has been largely overlooked that old coots aren't exactly in the middle of the action.
  • They need some young whippersnappers in there.
young upstart
informal pipsqueak, squirt, stripling, brat, minx, slip of a …
British informal squit
North American informal snip
dated puppy, pup
archaic malapert


Late 17th century: perhaps representing whipsnapper, expressing noise and unimportance.

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