We meet our snapper first as a whippersnapper—shot by who knows?
Here is the proof: even as a whippersnapper, young Rand seemed to love the cornea.
Fruits fail, and love dies, and time ranges; and only the whippersnapper (that fool of Time) endureth for ever.
Would you try to frighten me with that whippersnapper thing?
It is only the whippersnapper, the sneak, the coward out of doors who is a tyrant at home.
She's not the kind that takes to any whippersnapper that comes along.
I was serving the Czar while you were still a whippersnapper.
You'll find out you're fooling with the wrong man, you whippersnapper!
Suppose Marna had married the first whippersnapper that came along, and he had carried her off to Australia, etc.
And a whippersnapper fellow like Perez, a narrow-minded slow-coach, with no taste or spirit, dared to dispute the place with him!
1670s, apparently a "jingling extension" [OED] of *whip-snapper "a cracker of whips," or perhaps an alteration of snipper-snapper (1580s). Cf. also late 16c. whipperginnie, a term of abuse for a woman.