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stripling

[strip-ling] /ˈstrɪp lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a youth.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see strip2, -ling1
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British Dictionary definitions for stripling

stripling

/ˈstrɪplɪŋ/
noun
1.
a lad
Word Origin
C13: from strip² + -ling1
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Word Origin and History for stripling
n.

"a youth," late 14c., possibly from strip (n.) "long, narrow piece," on the notion of "one who is slender as a strip, whose figure is not yet filled out."

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