or nurse·ling

[ nurs-ling ]
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  1. an infant, child, or young animal being nursed or being cared for by a nurse.

  2. any person or thing under fostering care, influences, or conditions.

Origin of nursling

First recorded in 1550–60; nurse + -ling1

Words Nearby nursling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nursling in a sentence

  • If a man has taken a young child ‘from his waters’ to sonship, and has reared him up, no one has any claim against that nursling.

    The Oldest Code of Laws in the World | Hammurabi, King of Babylon
  • But if either of them showed the faintest sign of fatigue, the mother dived quietly and lifted the tired nursling to the surface.

    Creatures of the Night | Alfred W. Rees
  • Nettie, who was not much given to caresses, came up and put sudden arms round her special nursling.

    The Doctor's Family | Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • The black woman cared more for her white nursling than her own child.

  • The use of a sucking-bottle most nearly imitates the way in which nature designed the nursling to obtain its nourishment.

    The Physical Life of Woman: | Dr. George H Napheys

British Dictionary definitions for nursling



/ (ˈnɜːslɪŋ) /

  1. a child or young animal that is being suckled, nursed, or fostered

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