stripling

[ strip-ling ]
/ ˈstrɪp lɪŋ /

noun

a youth.

Nearby words

  1. striped muscle,
  2. striped squirrel,
  3. striper,
  4. striping,
  5. striplight,
  6. strippable,
  7. stripped,
  8. stripped-down,
  9. stripper,
  10. stript

Origin of stripling

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

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British Dictionary definitions for stripling

stripling

/ (ˈstrɪplɪŋ) /

noun

a lad

Word Origin for stripling

C13: from strip ² + -ling 1

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Word Origin and History for stripling

stripling

n.

"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."

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