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or twirp

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noun Slang.
  1. an insignificant or despicable fellow: Her father thinks her boyfriend is just a twerp.
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Origin of twerp

First recorded in 1920–25; origin uncertain
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Related Words for twerp

ass, stooge, jerk, idiot, sucker, clown, twit, buffoon, nitwit, moron, boob, nerd, clod, dunce, imbecile, victim, lightweight, bore, sap, dolt

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  • I've been running this twerp back to his masters to see where he went.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for twerp



  1. informal a silly, weak-minded, or contemptible person
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Derived Formstwerpy or twirpy, adjective

Word Origin for twerp

C20: of unknown origin
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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]

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