a minor, unimportant, or petty lord.

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



rare a young lord
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