changeling

[cheynj-ling]
noun
1.
a child surreptitiously or unintentionally substituted for another.
2.
(in folklore) an ugly, stupid, or strange child left by fairies in place of a pretty, charming child.
3.
Philately. a postage stamp that, by accident or intention, has been chemically changed in color.
4.
Archaic.
a.
a renegade or turncoat.
b.
an imbecile.

Origin:
1545–55; change + -ling1

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changeling (ˈtʃeɪndʒlɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a child believed to have been exchanged by fairies for the parents' true child
2.  archaic
 a.  an idiot
 b.  a fickle or changeable person

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Word Origin & History

changeling
1555, "one given to change," from change + dim. suffix -ling. Meaning "person or thing left in place of one secretly taken" is from 1561; specific reference to an infant or young child (usually stupid or ugly) supposedly left by the faeries in
place of one they took is from 1584. An earlier word for it was oaf or auf.
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Example sentences
He even performed dramatic readings, spinning tales filled with mutants, changelings and superheroes.
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