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[strip-ling] /ˈstrɪp lɪŋ/
a youth.
Origin of stripling
1350-1400; Middle English; see strip2, -ling1 Unabridged
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  • It was indeed Theodora: clothed in male attire, she seemed a stripling.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • Then it was Ugh-lomi, the stripling, proved himself to have come to man's estate.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • I'll not be worsted by a stripling clad in merchant's cloth who slew my only son.

    Red Eve H. Rider Haggard
  • How could this stripling have learned what he had taken such pains to conceal?

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • Before its doors were cedars and "stripling poplars planted in a row, and old gray white oaks."

  • I cared not much for that, for surely I was a match for the stripling we meant to chase.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • The clergyman was only a stripling beside this seasoned border ruffian.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • Why is it that Bacchus is always a stripling, and bushy-haired?

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • Another consumero had a stripling vine that he was carefully training up the trellis over his shed.

    The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd
British Dictionary definitions for stripling


a lad
Word Origin
C13: from strip² + -ling1
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Word Origin and History for stripling

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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