twerp

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


Origin:
1920–25; origin uncertain

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twerp or twirp (twɜːp)
 
n
informal a silly, weak-minded, or contemptible person
 
[C20: of unknown origin]
 
twirp or twirp
 
n
 
[C20: of unknown origin]
 
'twerpy or twirp
 
adj
 
'twirpy or twirp
 
adj

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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.' "
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Hopefully, the little twerp will be on the receiving end of some cosmic retribution.
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