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Saturday, September 15, 2001

starveling

\STARV-ling\ , noun;
1.
One who is thin from lack of food, or who is starving or being starved.
adjective:
1.
Being a starveling.
2.
Poor in quality; inadequate.
Quotes:
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, "Hard Times in Ultima Thule", New York Times, April 20, 1997
Our meagre starveling way of preparing teachers degrades the schools and the profession.
-- Samuel P. Orth, "Plain Facts About Public Schools", The Atlantic, March 1909
Origin:
Starveling is from starve (from Old English steorfan, "to die") + the suffix -ling (from Old English).
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