- an insignificant or despicable fellow: Her father thinks her boyfriend is just a twerp.
Origin of twerp
Related Words for twerpass, stooge, jerk, idiot, sucker, clown, twit, buffoon, nitwit, moron, boob, nerd, clod, dunce, imbecile, victim, lightweight, bore, sap, dolt
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Contemporary Examples of twerp
“Melissa the Twerp”Not everyone who writes or calls into Car Talk loves Car Talk.
Naturally, they invited her on to co-host on November 5, 1994, an episode later titled, “Melissa the Twerp.”
Any man can find a twerp here and there who will go along with cheating, and it doesn't take all that much manhood.Ronald Reagan's Marital Advice
May 16, 2012
Historical Examples of twerp
I've been running this twerp back to his masters to see where he went.Little Brother
- informal a silly, weak-minded, or contemptible person
Word Origin for twerp
Word Origin and History for twerp
of unknown origin; the "Dictionary of American Slang" gives a first reference of 1874 (but without citation), which, if correct, would rule out the usual theory that it is from the proper name of T.W. Earp, a student at Oxford c.1911, who kindled wrath "in the hearts of the rugger-playing stalwarts at Oxford, when he was president of the Union, by being the last, most charming, and wittiest of the 'decadents.' " [Rawson]