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or twirp

[twurp] /twɜrp/
noun, Slang.
an insignificant or despicable fellow:
Her father thinks her boyfriend is just a twerp.
Origin of twerp
1920-25; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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


(informal) a silly, weak-minded, or contemptible person
Derived Forms
twerpy, twirpy, adjective
Word Origin
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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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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