whippersnapper

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Extension of *whip-snapper (“a cracker of whips”), or perhaps from snipper-snapper. Compare also whipperginnie (term of abuse for a woman), late 16th c.[1]

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whippersnapper (plural whippersnappers)

  1. A young and cheeky or presumptuous person. [from 1670s]
    • 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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  1. ^ whipper-snapper” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.