"one not fully grown," 1794, from half + -ling.

Nearby words

  1. halfbeak,
  2. halfhearted,
  3. halfheartedly,
  4. halfhourly,
  5. halfies,
  6. halfmoon,
  7. halfpenny,
  8. halfpennyworth,
  9. halfsies,
  10. halftime

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for halfling

  • Not a shekel, not a silver penny, not a halfling—so help me the God of Abraham!

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

    Kidnapped|Robert Louis Stevenson