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  1. a person devoted to the interests and pleasures of this world; a worldly person.
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Origin of worldling

First recorded in 1540–50; world + -ling1
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Examples from the Web for worldling

Historical Examples of worldling

  • Saint and sinner, ascetic and worldling, united in its practice.

    The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • It was a sorrow that none should witness; and, worldling as he was, he felt it.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • Who can be a poet, and yet be a worldling in his passions and habits?

  • This to a worldling is a dangerous test; for love to him is but "a thing apart."

    Mary Seaham, Volume 2 of 3

    Elizabeth Caroline Grey

  • To the worldling, it is a theme of curiosity and idle speculation.

British Dictionary definitions for worldling


  1. a person who is primarily concerned with worldly matters or material things
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