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noun Informal.
  1. a contemptibly small or unimportant person; a twerp.
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Origin of pipsqueak

First recorded in 1895–1900; pip4 + squeak
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Related Words

nobody, runt, squirt, shrimp, twerp, whippersnapper

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  • Why, that pipsqueak from Arizona tried tuh tell me that I was hirin' outlaws!

  • It was maddening that the pipsqueak had seemingly disappeared.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for pipsqueak


  1. informal a person or thing that is insignificant or contemptible
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Word Origin

C20: from pip ² + squeak
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Word Origin and History for pipsqueak


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

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