a young tree.
a young person.

Origin of sapling

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at sap1, -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sapling

tree, seedling, youth, young

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British Dictionary definitions for sapling



a young tree
literary a youth
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Word Origin and History for sapling

early 14c., from sap (n.1) + diminutive suffix -ling. This probably is the source of American English slang sap (n.3) "club, short staff" (1899) and the verb sap (v.2) "to hit (someone) with a sap" (1926).

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