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whippersnapper

[hwip-er-snap-er, wip-] /ˈʰwɪp ərˌsnæp ər, ˈwɪp-/
noun
1.
an unimportant but offensively presumptuous person, especially a young one.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; probably blend of earlier whipster and snippersnapper, similar in sense; see whip, snap, -er1
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whippersnapper

/ˈwɪpəˌsnæpə/
noun
1.
an insignificant but pretentious or cheeky person, often a young one Also called whipster
Word Origin
C17: probably from whipsnapper a person who snaps whips, influenced by earlier snippersnapper, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for whippersnapper
n.

1670s, apparently a "jingling extension" [OED] of *whip-snapper "a cracker of whips," or perhaps an alteration of snipper-snapper (1580s). Cf. also late 16c. whipperginnie, a term of abuse for a woman.

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