Origin of lordling

Middle English word dating back to 1225–75; see origin at lord, -ling1
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Examples from the Web for lordling

Historical Examples of lordling

  • Why should this fop of a lordling put on this air of contemptuous incredulity?

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • He had long been a lordling over the other trout and now was strangling!

    Fishing With The Fly

    Charles F. Orvis and Others

  • Think you I care the value of a straw for the nerves of your lordling?


    Mrs. Oliphant

  • In port, he was a lordling—no man his master—able to come and go as the mood took him.


    David W. Bone

  • This lordling threatens to eject these hapless Macalpines, and poor Kenneth, the widows son, is on the very verge of the grave.


    Mrs. Oliphant

British Dictionary definitions for lordling


  1. rare a young lord
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