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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Definitions for stripling

  1. A youth in the state of adolescence, or just passing from boyhood to manhood; a lad.

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Citations for stripling
But at that time he was too young to drive a car, and I wasn't, so I took it upon myself to tell the stripling a thing or two. Geoffrey Wolff, New York Times
It is even possible that some . . . who might be thought to have a chance of election as Pope because of their youthful vigour -- by Vatican standards, a man of 60 is a stripling -- will see their chances come and go in turn. Andrew Medichini, Times (London)
Origin of stripling
Stripling is a diminutive of strip, as if a small strip from the main stock or stem.