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youngling

[yuhng-ling] /ˈyʌŋ lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a young person.
2.
anything young, as a young animal.
3.
a novice; a beginner.
adjective
4.
young; youthful.
Origin of youngling
900
before 900; Middle English yongling, Old English geongling; cognate with Dutch jongeling, German Jüngling. See young, -ling1
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  • So old Warrenton has persuaded you to seek the Prince's gold, youngling?

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • Ospakar grew fearful, for he could make no play with this youngling.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • The youngling of this nest came to the ground and stayed there.

    A Bird-Lover in the West Olive Thorne Miller
  • "I am called Skallagrim, youngling," answered the man on the horse.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • No such divine curiosity as that of youngling's stirred the dull minds of his elder brothers and to them came no such reward.

  • But here I take up this youngling's glove; and on his head be his fate!

    Child Christopher William Morris
  • Only a colony of youngling Orbweavers remained snugly tented around a Jack-in-the-Pulpit.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
  • "Then I do wish you God-speed, youngling," he said, brightly.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • He knew not that the youngling of his flock would so soon join him in singing the songs of the redeemed.

    Natalie Ferna Vale
  • When that was done, youngling pulled out his Spade and fitted it to its handle.

British Dictionary definitions for youngling

youngling

/ˈjʌŋlɪŋ/
noun
1.
(literary)
  1. a young person, animal, or plant
  2. (as modifier): a youngling brood
Word Origin
Old English geongling
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