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 ?
And there's the skipper beckoning the whippersnapper to his cabin: the fat will be in the fire in five minutes
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
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.
First staged in 1899, the Bibury Cup is a relative whippersnapper compared to the Carlisle Bell, which was first run in 1599, but it has provided a Classic winner recently with Simple Verse taking the race in 2015 - the same year she went on to win the St Leger.
May I say, as a relatively young whippersnapper, I'm fully in favour of our country having leaders of a finer vintage" Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pays his tribute "I don't talk about politics; you're damned if you do and damned if you don't" Actress Joanna Lumley's response when asked about the EU referendum "You know, at heart I'm actually quite shy.
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When I left New York to practice law in Philadelphia, I was a young whippersnapper and I was struggling a lot.
But while the flashy visuals might impress, the screenplay keeps the whippersnapper protags at arm's length, minimizing emotional involvement.
That's why he's the favourite, there's no young whippersnapper that frightens me.