from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as whipper-snapper.
  • noun A sharper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A nimble little fellow; a whippersnapper.

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  • noun informal, dated a scholastic often pedantic person, wise guy


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Derived from whip +‎ -ster. Rather from the verb than the noun.


  • Because certain mighty men of old could make heroical statues and plays, must we not be told that there is no other beauty but classical beauty? — must not every little whipster of a French poet chalk you out plays,

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • A dwarf and a whipster he might be among the great darkies around her — for he had only six feet and one inch of stature, and forty-two inches round the chest — but, to her fine taste, tone and quality more than covered defect of quantity.


  • Dean Bolton [15] paid him the twenty pounds; and for the rest, he may kiss — And that you may ask him, because I am in pain about it, that Dean Bolton is such a whipster.

    The Journal to Stella

  • And this new cojutor with his gran 'accent, which no one can understand, and his gran' furniture, and his whipster of a servant, begor, no one can stand him.

    My New Curate

  • No! Get some whipster that will suit his reverence.

    My New Curate

  • That's what a contrary, headstrong, uncontrollable whipster like you would do, if you had your own way.

    Duty, and other Irish Comedies

  • I have often longed to see one of those refiners in discipline himself at the cart's tail, with just such a convenient spot laid bare to the tender mercies of the whipster.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864

  • "The dirty whipster; an 'I saw the chops and the steaks goin' in her door, where a fryin'-pan was never known to sing before."

    My New Curate

  • The curious ease with which, nowadays, every puny whipster gets the sword of Sir Walter has already been remarked.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction

  • For to say something is what every puny whipster can do.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 99, July 12, 1890


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