Word of the Day Archive
Thursday May 24, 2001
stripling \STRIP-ling\ , noun:
A youth in the state of adolescence, or just passing from boyhood to manhood; a lad.
But at that time he was too young to drive a car, and I wasn't, so I took it upon myself to tell the stripling a thing or two.
-- Geoffrey Wolff, "Advice My Brother Never Took", New York Times, August 20, 1989
It is even possible that some . . . who might be thought to have a chance of election as Pope because of their youthful vigour -- by Vatican standards, a man of 60 is a stripling -- will see their chances come and go in turn.
-- Andrew Medichini, "Cardinal secrets", Times (London), January 23, 2001
There are precious few constants in the story of the yen. For a start, it is a stripling among the monies of the world, being not much more than a century old.
-- Pico Iyer, "Tacos in Kyoto, Kimonos in Peru", New York Times, April 28, 1991
Stripling is a diminutive of strip, as if a small strip from the main stock or stem.