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From first +‎ -ling.


firstling ‎(plural firstlings)

  1. The first produce or result, notably firstborn offspring.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV):, Genesis 4:4
      And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
  2. The first of a class or kind.
  3. The thing first thought or done.
    • 1603-06, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 4, Sc. 1:
      From this moment the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand.



  1. Firstborn.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV):, Deuteronomy 15:19
      All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.