Asked in Word and Phrase OriginsName OriginsKaraoke
Word and Phrase Origins
What is the origin of the word whippersnapper?
Asked in Example Sentences
How can you use the word whippersnapper in a sentence?
Asked in Word and Phrase Origins
Where the term 'whippersnapper' originate?
England. The English word whippersnapper appeared in 1674, apparently as a "jingling extension" (according to the OED) of *whip-snapper, meaning "a cracker of whips". It is also possibly an alteration of snipper-snapper (circa 1590). Also a possible derivative of the late 16th century whipperginnie, a term of abuse for a woman.