noun Slang.
an insignificant or despicable fellow: Her father thinks her boyfriend is just a twerp.
Also, twirp.

1920–25; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
twerp or twirp (twɜːp)
informal a silly, weak-minded, or contemptible person
[C20: of unknown origin]
twirp or twirp
[C20: of unknown origin]
'twerpy or twirp
'twirpy or twirp

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Word Origin & History

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.' "
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
Hopefully, the little twerp will be on the receiving end of some cosmic retribution.
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