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[faw-ster-ling, fos-ter-] /ˈfɔ stər lɪŋ, ˈfɒs tər-/
Origin of fosterling
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fōstorling. See foster, -ling1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Lie you down and sleep, my fosterling, for I have much to do in the hours of darkness.

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • "I shall never master that hard art," lamented his fosterling.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens
  • Nevertheless, when her fosterling fed her kindly from her abundance they naysaid it not.

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • The monster is the fosterling of Hera in the Homeric hymn, and the bane of flocks and herds.

  • Ye whose hands are clean of the blood of Horwendil, pity your fosterling, be moved by my calamities.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
  • Thus he was not assigned to one upbringer only, but was in a manner everybody's fosterling.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
  • Such words shall my ghost see the chronicler writing In the days that shall be:—ah—what wouldst thou, my fosterling?

  • In this case the owners of the pig were fined eighteen francs for negligence, because the child was their fosterling.

  • Thou hast been sorely treated, Sam, my fosterling, and this warning is so meant that our two deaths will not be far apart.

  • For know ye, that I am a fosterling of Domna the witch, and she taught me more than ever she taught you.

    King Arthur's Knights

    Henry Gilbert
British Dictionary definitions for fosterling


a less common word for foster child
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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