starveling

[ stahrv-ling ]
/ ˈstɑrv lɪŋ /

noun

a person, animal, or plant that is starving.

adjective

starving; suffering from lack of nourishment.
pining with want.
poor in condition or quality.
such as to entail or suggest starvation.

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Origin of starveling

First recorded in 1540–50; starve + -ling1
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British Dictionary definitions for starveling

starveling
/ (ˈstɑːvlɪŋ) archaic /

noun

  1. a starving or poorly fed person, animal, etc
  2. (as modifier)a starveling child

adjective

insufficient; meagre; scant

Word Origin for starveling

C16: from starve + -ling 1
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