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[strip-ling] /ˈstrɪp lɪŋ/
a youth.
Origin of stripling
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at strip2, -ling1 Unabridged
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  • Why is it that Bacchus is always a stripling, and bushy-haired?

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • So, stripling as he was, the lad faced the rascals with the courage of a lion.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • He was flat and slim in the waist as any stripling might have been.

    Once to Every Man Larry Evans
  • Was this stripling of newfound liberty to possess the very earth?

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Then it was Ugh-lomi, the stripling, proved himself to have come to man's estate.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • A volunteer of the first-class, and a general epithet for a stripling in the service.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • How could this stripling have learned what he had taken such pains to conceal?

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • Why, sir, in our taking this English stripling along with us on the morrow?

    The King's Esquires George Manville Fenn
  • I cared not much for that, for surely I was a match for the stripling we meant to chase.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for stripling


a lad
Word Origin
C13: from strip² + -ling1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stripling

"a youth," late 14c., possibly from strip (n.) "long, narrow piece," on the notion of "one who is slender as a strip, whose figure is not yet filled out."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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