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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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WHIPPERT, adj. “Hasty and tart in demeanour, or in the mode of doing anything” (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Hence whippert-like, indicating irritation, by the manner of expression (Ib.). Now liter.Ayr. 1927 J. Carruthers A Man Beset i. vii.:
There's nae cause for us to get jaupin' the water this gait. Sit doon, and dinna be sae whippert.

[Deriv. of whip, implying something quick and sharp, phs. formed after snappert s.v. Snapper, v.2, snippart s.v. Snip, v., swippert s.v. Swipper. Cf. also Eng. dial. whipperty, brisk, smart.]

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