stripling

stripling

[strip-ling]
noun
a youth.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see strip2, -ling1

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stripling (ˈstrɪplɪŋ)
 
n
a lad
 
[C13: from strip² + -ling1]

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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."
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