- a renegade or turncoat.
- an imbecile.
Examples from the Web for changeling
To be fair, and slightly ashamed of myself, I did not watch Changeling.
A French changeling was once moved unawares to sing out that it was nine hundred years old, at least!Brownies and Bogles|Louise Imogen Guiney
But the People of the Hills didn't work any changeling tricks.Rewards and Fairies|Rudyard Kipling
There is one story of a changeling that has some graphic incidents.A Danish Parsonage|John Fulford Vicary
British Dictionary definitions for changeling
- an idiot
- a fickle or changeable person
Word Origin and History for changeling
1550s, "one given to change," from change (n.) + diminutive suffix -ling. Meaning "person or thing left in place of one secretly taken" is from 1560s; specific reference to an infant or young child (usually stupid or ugly) supposedly left by the faeries in place of one they took is from 1580s. An earlier word for it was oaf or auf.