foundling

[ found-ling ]
/ ˈfaʊnd lɪŋ /

noun

an infant or small child found abandoned; a child without a known parent or guardian.

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  1. founderous,
  2. founders' shares,
  3. founding,
  4. founding father,
  5. founding fathers,
  6. foundling hospital,
  7. foundress,
  8. foundrous,
  9. foundry,
  10. foundry proof

Origin of foundling

First recorded in 1250–1300, foundling is from the Middle English word found(e)ling. See found1, -ling1

Can be confusedfondling foundling

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British Dictionary definitions for foundling

foundling

/ (ˈfaʊndlɪŋ) /

noun

an abandoned infant whose parents are not known

Word Origin for foundling

C13: foundeling; see find

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Word Origin and History for foundling

foundling

n.

"deserted infant," c.1300, from Middle English founden "found," past participle of finden (see find (v.)) + diminutive suffix -ling. Cf. Dutch vondeling, German Findling.

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