From Middle English youngling, ȝungling, from Old English ġeongling (“a youth”), from Proto-Germanic *jungalingaz, *jungilingaz (“young man, youngling”), equivalent to young + -ling. Cognate with Dutch jongeling (“a youngster”), German Jüngling (“a youth”), Swedish yngling (“a youth, kid”), Icelandic unglingur (“teenager, youth”). More at young.
youngling (plural younglings)
- A young person, animal or plant.
- More dear […] than younglings to their dam.
- He will not be so willing, I think, to join with you as with us younglings.