youngling

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Etymology[edit]

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.

Adjective[edit]

youngling (comparative more youngling, superlative most youngling)

  1. young; youthful

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Noun[edit]

youngling (plural younglings)

  1. A young person, animal or plant; chit.
    • Spenser
      More dear [] than younglings to their dam.
    • Ridley
      He will not be so willing, I think, to join with you as with us younglings.

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