AskDefine | Define whippersnapper

The Collaborative Dictionary

Whippersnapper \Whip"per*snap`per\, n. A diminutive, insignificant, or presumptuous person. [Colloq.] "Little whippersnappers like you." --T. Hughes. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whippersnapper n : someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous [syn: jackanapes, lightweight]

Moby Thesaurus

JD, a nobody, a nothing, boldface, brat, brazenface, chutzpanik, cipher, common man, dummy, elf, enfant terrible, figurehead, gamin, holy terror, hussy, imp, insignificancy, jackstraw, juvenile delinquent, lightweight, little fellow, little guy, little monkey, malapert, man of straw, mediocrity, minx, nebbish, nobody, nobody one knows, nonentity, nothing, nullity, obscurity, pip-squeak, puck, punk, punk kid, pup, puppy, runt, saucebox, scrub, shrimp, small fry, small potato, small potatoes, smart aleck, smart-ass, smarty, smarty-pants, spoiled brat, squirt, squit, swaggerer, upstart, urchin, whiffet, wise guy, wise-ass, zero, zilch



  • /ˈʍɪpəˌsnæpə/ (RP)
  • /ˈwɪpərˌsnæpər/ (US)


  1. a young and cheeky or presumptuous person
    • 2004: Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      Eisenhower thought that the President-elect, his junior by over 25 years, was merely a "young whippersnapper."


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