Definition of twerp in US English:

twerp

(also twirp)

noun

informal
  • A silly or annoying person.

    • ‘Then she jabbed herself into the crowd and shoved many people to get to the front while saying, ‘Move it, twerps!’’
    • ‘Goya will obviously survive these twerps, whose names will be forgotten a few years from now.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's just an annoying twerp who contributes nothing.’
    • ‘It's time to wipe the floor with those twerps once and for all.’
    • ‘These twerps were all nobodies last week and will be again by the end of the year.’
    • ‘Turning tables on twits and twerps, not to mention Tweedledees & Tweedledums, seemed like good idea at the time.’
    • ‘Those twerps could set his blood boiling in a matter of seconds.’
    • ‘His boldness and clarity infuriates opponents - academe is crowded with critics who have made twerps of themselves taking him on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Am I a cold-hearted fiend or are they just truly irritating little twerps?’
    • ‘Obviously, these twerps won't do the dirty work themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Half of me said that I shouldn't be afraid of these little twerps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's just a shame he's inherited such a bunch of jobsworth twerps underneath him.’
    • ‘I felt a little sorry for him but all the twerp had to do was return a call.’
    • ‘But these twerps are just obscene, and they have no idea how tiresome it appears, and how boringly ordinary they all look.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

twerp

/twərp//twərp/