woesteling

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: woes‧te‧ling

Etymology 1[edit]

From woest +‎ -ling.

Noun[edit]

woesteling m (plural woestelingen, diminutive woestelingetje n)

  1. A barbaric, savage ruffian, gross boor
  2. A brute, crude and dangerous person
    De woesteling geeft zijn jongens voor het minste van de zweep
    The brute whips his boys for futilities
  3. A savage and indomitable beast
    Hondsdolheid verandert de liefste troeteldieren in een woestelingen
    Rabies turns the sweetest pets into brutal beasts

Etymology 2[edit]

Germanic: from woesten 'to devastate, destroy', from Middle Dutch, from woest 'barren, wild' + -en

Noun[edit]

woesteling f (plural woestelingen, diminutive woestelingetje n)

  1. A devastation, destruction
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