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Saturday, September 15, 2001

Definitions for starveling

  1. One who is thin from lack of food, or who is starving or being starved.
  2. Being a starveling.
  3. Poor in quality; inadequate.

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Citations for starveling
Even a starveling could look musclebound if he had enough gear on. Michel Faber, Under the Skin
In her privations she is like Bjartur's starveling sons. Annie Dillard, New York Times
Origin of starveling
1540-1550
Starveling is from starve (from Old English steorfan, "to die") + the suffix -ling (from Old English).