twirp

[ twurp ]
/ twɜrp /

noun


Nearby words

  1. twinning,
  2. twins,
  3. twinset,
  4. twirl,
  5. twirler,
  6. twist,
  7. twist around one's finger,
  8. twist drill,
  9. twist grip,
  10. twist in the wind

twerp

or twirp

[ twurp ]
/ twɜrp /

noun Slang.

an insignificant or despicable fellow: Her father thinks her boyfriend is just a twerp.

Origin of twerp

First recorded in 1920–25; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for twirp

twirp

/ (twɜːp) /

noun

a variant spelling of twerp

twerp

twirp

/ (twɜːp) /

noun

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

Word Origin for twerp

C20: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for twirp

twerp

n.

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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