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[pip-skweek] /ˈpɪpˌskwik/
noun, Informal.
a contemptibly small or unimportant person; a twerp.
Origin of pipsqueak
First recorded in 1895-1900; pip4 + squeak Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Why, that pipsqueak from Arizona tried tuh tell me that I was hirin' outlaws!

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • It was maddening that the pipsqueak had seemingly disappeared.

    Expediter Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for pipsqueak


(informal) a person or thing that is insignificant or contemptible
Word Origin
C20: from pip² + squeak
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pipsqueak

also pip-squeak, 1910, from the trivial noise a young or weak creature makes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pipsqueak



A small and insignificant person or thing

[1910+; fr pip, high-pitched sound, and squeak]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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