whippersnapper

whippersnapper

[hwip-er-snap-er, wip-]
noun
an unimportant but offensively presumptuous person, especially a young one.

Origin:
1665–75; probably blend of earlier whipster and snippersnapper, similar in sense; see whip, snap, -er1

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whippersnapper (ˈwɪpəˌsnæpə)
 
n
Also called: whipster an insignificant but pretentious or cheeky person, often a young one
 
[C17: probably from whipsnapper a person who snaps whips, influenced by earlier snippersnapper, of obscure origin]

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whippersnapper
1674, apparently a "jingling extension" [OED] of *whip-snapper "a cracker of whips," or perhaps an alteration of snipper-snapper (c.1590). Cf. also late 16c. whipperginnie, a term of abuse for a woman.
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