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whippersnapper, jackanapes, lightweight(noun)
someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous
An impudent or mischievous person.
Origin: 1450, from “Jack of Naples”, with “of Naples” rendered “a Napes” in vernacular. Originally rendered as Jac Napes, Jac Nape, and Jack Napis in 1450s. Presumably from *Jak a Napes, and original *Jak of Naples, presumably circa 1400. Monkeys were one of many exotic goods from Naples exhibited in Britain, hence acquired the nickname Jack a Napes.
a monkey; an ape
a coxcomb; an impertinent or conceited fellow
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