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A silly or annoying person.
idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clodView synonyms
- ‘The old-style rugby shirts are produced now only as fashion items, and are worn exclusively by those very public-schoolboy twerps for whom the game of rugby no longer has any use.’
- ‘His boldness and clarity infuriates opponents - academe is crowded with critics who have made twerps of themselves taking him on.’
- ‘The natural response to that public admission of arrogance, violence and stupidity is to counter it with: ‘If we have to legislate to stop immature twerps like you then we will.’’
- ‘But these twerps are just obscene, and they have no idea how tiresome it appears, and how boringly ordinary they all look.’
- ‘I ate my breakfast quickly, said goodbye to the twerps and headed outside where my two best friends, Summer and Bryan, were waiting for me in Bryan's car.’
- ‘Then she jabbed herself into the crowd and shoved many people to get to the front while saying, ‘Move it, twerps!’’
- ‘Half of me said that I shouldn't be afraid of these little twerps.’
- ‘Those twerps could set his blood boiling in a matter of seconds.’
- ‘These twerps were all nobodies last week and will be again by the end of the year.’
- ‘It's just a shame he's inherited such a bunch of jobsworth twerps underneath him.’
- ‘He's just an annoying twerp who contributes nothing.’
- ‘Turning tables on twits and twerps, not to mention Tweedledees & Tweedledums, seemed like good idea at the time.’
- ‘I felt a little sorry for him but all the twerp had to do was return a call.’
- ‘Obviously, these twerps won't do the dirty work themselves.’
- ‘But this is supposed to be the big, golden-era throwback drama to remind us that TV can be about more than singing competitions featuring twerps in daft haircuts and distressed jeans.’
- ‘By all accounts, he's a bit of a loner, doesn't suffer fools gladly, is a bit of an obnoxious twerp, a shy, intelligent, social misfit.’
- ‘There's never a constable around when you need one so the only recourse was that taken by the driver of a bus who sat thumping the horn repeatedly until the twerp came along to move and clear the jam.’
- ‘Am I a cold-hearted fiend or are they just truly irritating little twerps?’
- ‘Goya will obviously survive these twerps, whose names will be forgotten a few years from now.’
- ‘It's time to wipe the floor with those twerps once and for all.’
Late 19th century: of unknown origin.
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