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[lawrd-ling] /ˈlɔrd lɪŋ/
a minor, unimportant, or petty lord.
Origin of lordling
Middle English word dating back to 1225-75; See origin at lord, -ling1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Why should this fop of a lordling put on this air of contemptuous incredulity?

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • He had long been a lordling over the other trout and now was strangling!

    Fishing With The Fly Charles F. Orvis and Others
  • Think you I care the value of a straw for the nerves of your lordling?

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • In port, he was a lordling—no man his master—able to come and go as the mood took him.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • This lordling threatens to eject these hapless Macalpines, and poor Kenneth, the widows son, is on the very verge of the grave.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • For the next few days it amused me to see how hard our lordling tried to suit his conversation to myself and Elsie.

  • Thou art like the hyacinthine flower, wont to stand aloft 'midst varied riches of its lordling's garden.

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus Caius Valerius Catullus
  • Had he been a lordling, or some little viscomte, his forced residence in Paraguay would have been of shorter duration.

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • One lordling nudged another lordling, and they stared into the face of the girl as if she had been a creature of the street.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • The word struck unpleasantly upon the Virginia lordling's ear, and he echoed it with a suspicion of a frown upon his brow.

    At Last Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for lordling


(rare) a young lord
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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