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Etymology 1[edit]

From hidel +‎ -ing or from a back-formation from hidelings (adverb).


hideling (comparative more hideling, superlative most hideling)

  1. (dialectal) Given to hiding or concealment; secretive; furtive; clandestine; secret.
    • 1895, Joseph Addison, Sir Richard Steele, The Spectator, Volume 7:
      [...] although from the small creature's habits it must be to a certain extent local, several places in Kent, Sussex, Surrey, and Hampshire are known to us where it may be called abundant, taking into consideration its hideling ways.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From hide +‎ -ling.


hideling (plural hidelings)

  1. (dialectal) A person or thing given to hiding itself.