halfling

[ haf-ling ]

noun
  1. (in fantasy stories, shows, or games) a member of a race of imaginary beings resembling humans but about half human size.

  2. (in fantasy stories, shows, or games) an imaginary being having one human parent and one alien parent.

  1. Chiefly Scot. a person who is halfway between a child and an adult; a youth.

adjective
  1. (in fantasy stories, shows, or games) being or relating to a halfling or a member of a halfling race.

  2. Chiefly Scot. between a child and an adult; half-grown.

Origin of halfling

1
First recorded in 1725–1735; half + -ling1

Words Nearby halfling

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How to use halfling in a sentence

  • Fifteen tarry sailors upon the one side, and a man and a halfling boy upon the other!

    Kidnapped | Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Not a shekel, not a silver penny, not a halfling—so help me the God of Abraham!

    Ivanhoe | Walter Scott