[ strip-ling ]
See synonyms for stripling on
  1. a youth.

Origin of stripling

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at strip2, -ling1

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

How to use stripling in a sentence

  • The heir apparent (a stripling of 61) is not universally popular.

    Mantel Books the Booker | John Sutherland | October 6, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The bellicose ardor of the stripling seemed to strike the royal envoy even more forcibly than anything he had yet seen.

  • Oh, what a foolish stripling Am I, who here about four days have wandered In quest of a mere phantom!

    The Death of Balder | Johannes Ewald
  • An ambitious stripling has only to brandish his sword and shout a few magniloquent words to induce them to rush to certain death.

    My Religion | Leo Tolstoy
  • Goodness is proper to the aged; it is their sole glory; why should this milky stripling bring it into disrepute?

  • I went in a stripling and grew into manhood with muscled arms big as a bookkeeper's legs.

    The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis

British Dictionary definitions for stripling


/ (ˈstrɪplɪŋ) /

  1. a lad

Origin of stripling

C13: from strip ² + -ling 1

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