starveling

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starve +‎ -ling

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starveling (plural starvelings)

  1. One who is thin from lack of food.
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV Part I, act 2, sc. 1:
      If I hang, I'll make a fat pair of gallows; for if I hang, old Sir John hangs with me, and thou knowest he is no starveling.

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