Meaning 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!’
    • ‘We'll show those young whippersnappers a thing or two about vomiting in doorways!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They need some young whippersnappers in there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It may be hard for younger whippersnappers to comprehend just how bad music was in the mid-70s.’
    • ‘I was going to put the young whippersnapper in his place.’
    • ‘He was a young whippersnapper who made me feel old, but great fun.’
    • ‘The Mirror spoke to our young whippersnapper last weekend from London.’
    • ‘You have to understand that Ray Charles was a young whippersnapper who looked good.’
    • ‘See, we old fogies can be just as smart-alecky as the young whippersnappers!’
    • ‘Being young and carefree whippersnappers, we at the Reg had never given much thought to our own mortality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I reckon giving that young whippersnapper an early taste of local body politics will immunise him against parochial politics for life.’
    • ‘Publisher Sander Hicks is a mohawked young whippersnapper, who, despite his defiant appearance, is as slick as they come.’
    • ‘To the average young whippersnapper of today, this would be most risible, but I care not for the follies of youth.’
    • ‘Who are these whippersnappers to pooh-pooh him?’
    • ‘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.’
    young upstart
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Late 17th century perhaps representing whipsnapper, expressing noise and unimportance.