Definition of whippersnapper in English:



  • A young and inexperienced person considered to be presumptuous or overconfident.

    ‘I know her better than you do, you young whippersnapper!’
    • ‘Publisher Sander Hicks is a mohawked young whippersnapper, who, despite his defiant appearance, is as slick as they come.’
    • ‘Being young and carefree whippersnappers, we at the Reg had never given much thought to our own mortality.’
    • ‘We'll show those young whippersnappers a thing or two about vomiting in doorways!’
    • ‘It may be hard for younger whippersnappers to comprehend just how bad music was in the mid-70s.’
    • ‘A young whippersnapper at the Department of State was willing to discuss this sensitive matter on background.’
    • ‘There's a decent-sized cult coalition that seems to think this young whippersnapper will eventually do something other than grow his own mutual funds.’
    • ‘They need some young whippersnappers in there.’
    • ‘See, we old fogies can be just as smart-alecky as the young whippersnappers!’
    • ‘With all this talk about young whippersnappers trying to get involved in politics, it has been largely overlooked that old coots aren't exactly in the middle of the action.’
    • ‘Who are these whippersnappers to pooh-pooh him?’
    • ‘I reckon giving that young whippersnapper an early taste of local body politics will immunise him against parochial politics for life.’
    • ‘They survived the Depression, won a world war, put a man on the moon, and educated all of us young whippersnappers who are now trying to tell them what to do.’
    • ‘To the average young whippersnapper of today, this would be most risible, but I care not for the follies of youth.’
    • ‘The harsh reality that we young whippersnappers hate to face is that most people in America actually don't think like us and our friends.’
    • ‘He was a young whippersnapper who made me feel old, but great fun.’
    • ‘You have to understand that Ray Charles was a young whippersnapper who looked good.’
    • ‘I was going to put the young whippersnapper in his place.’
    • ‘I can't promise that you'll like everything - though you'd seriously impress any music-mad whippersnappers if you added them all to your collection.’
    • ‘The Mirror spoke to our young whippersnapper last weekend from London.’
    • ‘So if he runs again, aged 88, the voters know they would be insane to toss that away just because some young whippersnapper agreed with them about mere politics.’
    young upstart
    pipsqueak, squirt, stripling, brat, minx, slip of a …
    puppy, pup
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Late 17th century: perhaps representing whipsnapper, expressing noise and unimportance.