[faw-ster-ling, fos-ter-]

Origin of fosterling

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fōstorling. See foster, -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fosterling

Historical Examples of fosterling

  • 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")

British Dictionary definitions for fosterling


  1. a less common word for foster child
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