a child or animal newly weaned.


newly weaned.

Origin of weanling

First recorded in 1525–35; wean + -ling1
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Related Words for weanling

nursling, weanling

Examples from the Web for weanling

Historical Examples of weanling

  • She had known that colt from a weanling and to her he had not been an animal, but a personality.


    Charles Neville Buck

  • The Rani proposed that there might be another performance on the occasion of the first-rice ceremony of the ‘royal’ weanling.

    Mashi and Other Stories

    Rabindranath Tagore

British Dictionary definitions for weanling



  1. a child or young animal recently weaned
  2. (as modifier)a weanling calf

Word Origin for weanling

C16: from wean 1 + -ling 1
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