or nurse·ling



an infant, child, or young animal being nursed or being cared for by a nurse.
any person or thing under fostering care, influences, or conditions.

Origin of nursling

First recorded in 1550–60; nurse + -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nursling

Historical Examples of nursling

  • Karl cast a distrustful glance sideways at my nursling and spoke not.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • "It may have been because of this poor boy and his unhappy karma that my nursling had to die," said she.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa

  • She fed quietly around her nursling, and left the place no more.

  • In adversity you will not act like a nursling deprived of its bottle and rattle.

    The Simple Life

    Charles Wagner

  • The faithful soul was doing her best to shield her nursling from danger.

    Seen and Unseen

    E. Katharine Bates

British Dictionary definitions for nursling




a child or young animal that is being suckled, nursed, or fostered
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Word Origin and History for nursling

also nurseling, "object of a nurse's care," 1550s, from nurse (v.) + -ling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper