whippersnapper


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whip·per·snap·per

 (wĭp′ər-snăp′ər, hwĭp′-)
n.
A person regarded as insignificant and pretentious.

[Alteration (influenced by whip) of dialectal snippersnapper.]

whippersnapper

(ˈwɪpəˌsnæpə)
n
an insignificant but pretentious or cheeky person, often a young one. Also called: whipster
[C17: probably from whipsnapper a person who snaps whips, influenced by earlier snippersnapper, of obscure origin]

whip•per•snap•per

(ˈʰwɪp ərˌsnæp ər, ˈwɪp-)

n.
an unimportant but offensively presumptuous person, esp. a young one.
[1665–75; probably b. earlier whipster and snippersnapper, similar in sense]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whippersnapper - someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous
nobody, nonentity, cypher, cipher - a person of no influence
Translations

whippersnapper

[ˈwɪpəˌsnæpəʳ] N (also young whippersnapper) → mequetrefe m

whippersnapper

hwɪpərsnæpər] nblanc-bec m

whippersnapper

n (dated inf)junger Spund

whippersnapper

[ˈwɪpəˌsnæpəʳ] n (also young whippersnapper) → piccolo/a impertinente
References in classic literature ?
The Revolution bequeathed to the French nobility its heritage, and now every whippersnapper of a Parisian may possess manners, methods of expression, and even thoughts that are above reproach in form, while all the time he himself may share in that form neither in initiative nor in intellect nor in soul--his manners, and the rest, having come to him through inheritance.
Look here," she continued, pointing to Colia, "the other day that whippersnapper told me that this was the whole meaning of the
And there's the skipper beckoning the whippersnapper to his cabin: the fat will be in the fire in five minutes
he looked, he wondered how old she was, and what love passages she had had, must have had, with those college whippersnappers with whom, according to Morrison, she herded and danced.
Gently, young fellow," said he; "'tain't improving for little whippersnappers like you to be indulging in blasphemy; so you stop that, or you'll get something you won't like.
From the supporters club as a young whippersnapper he graduated to the boardroom as the founder chairman of the current club.
However, Ron was a fount of both knowledge and friendly advice to this whippersnapper, not to mention endless stories of past adventures, recounted in his office when I should probably have been doing something more industrious.
40pm Remember the time when David Beckham was a fresh-faced whippersnapper plying his trade with Manchester United?
CLASS OF '92 (ITV, Monday, regions vary) REMEMBER the time when David Beckham, below, was a fresh-faced whippersnapper plying his trade with Manchester United?
When I left New York to practice law in Philadelphia, I was a young whippersnapper and I was struggling a lot.
CHEEKY young whippersnapper young whippersnapper Rory McIlroy took 20 quid off his Rory McIlroy took 20 quid off his old mate Darren Clarke at The Open old mate Darren Clarke at The Open yesterday - and couldn't resist yesterday - and couldn't resist rubbing it in afterwards.
Some young whippersnapper tossing a candy wrapper on the sidewalk.