a youth.

Origin of stripling

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at strip2, -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stripling

boy, adolescent, lad, youth, fledgling, minor

Examples from the Web for stripling

Contemporary Examples of stripling

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

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    Mantel Books the Booker

    John Sutherland

    October 6, 2009

Historical Examples of stripling

  • Why is it that Bacchus is always a stripling, and bushy-haired?

    The Praise of Folly

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • So, stripling as he was, the lad faced the rascals with the courage of a lion.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • He was flat and slim in the waist as any stripling might have been.

  • Was this stripling of newfound liberty to possess the very earth?

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • Then it was Ugh-lomi, the stripling, proved himself to have come to man's estate.

    Tales of Space and Time

    Herbert George Wells

British Dictionary definitions for stripling



a lad

Word Origin for stripling

C13: from strip ² + -ling 1
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Word Origin and History for stripling

"a youth," late 14c., possibly from strip (n.) "long, narrow piece," on the notion of "one who is slender as a strip, whose figure is not yet filled out."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper