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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Definitions for whippersnapper

  1. an unimportant but offensively presumptuous person, especially a young one.

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Citations for whippersnapper
He had not been eating much lately—he had better get that little whippersnapper who attended Holly to give him a tonic. John Galsworthy, "Indian Summer of a Forsyte," Five Tales, 1918
But, when the time comes, we all of us find that we have very little influence in the matter, and that a wilful whippersnapper of eighteen, even, can peg stones at the family escutcheon at his or her sweet will. Henry Cuyler Bunner, "Mrs. Tom's Spree," Zadoc Pine and Other Stories, 1891
Origin of whippersnapper
Whippersnapper came to English in the mid-1600s and is probably a blend of the earlier terms whipster and snippersnapper.