Where does the term “whippersnapper” come from and What does whippersnapper mean?

The word “whippersnapper” itself is merely a balanced extension of whip-snapper, “one who cracks a whip.”

Its use is most often in the sense of “one who cracks a whip loudly to make a fearsome noise because he himself would have no attention paid to him otherwise.”

In other words, “an insignificant, impudent nobody.”

where does the term whippersnapper come from and what does whippersnapper mean
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