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starveling

Definition:

someone who is starving (or being starved)

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

starvelings

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

from starve + -ling1
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

starveling [archaic] | insufficient [synonym, sense-specific] | scant [synonym, sense-specific] | meagre [synonym, sense-specific]

a starving or poorly fed person, animal, etc | [modifier] | insufficient; meagre; scant (12 of 182 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/starveling

Random House Dictionary:

starveling | poverty-stricken [synonym, sense-specific]

a person, animal, or plant that is starving. | starving; suffering from lack of nourishment. | pining with want. | poverty-stricken | poor in ... (20 of 41 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/starveling

Oxford Dictionary:

starveling | emaciated [synonym, sense-specific]

[archaic] : an undernourished or emaciated person or animal | lacking enough food; emaciated (13 of 35 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/starveling

Wiktionary:

starveling | starvelings [plural]

One who is thin from lack of food. (8 of 33 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/starveling

New World Dictionary:

starveling

a person or animal that is thin or weak from lack of food | starving; weak and hungry | suffering, showing, or caused by extreme deprivation; ... (24 of 30 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/starveling

Merriam-Webster:

starveling [entry 1, noun]

one that is thin from or as if from lack of food (12 of 28 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/starveling

starveling [entry 2, adjective]

being a starveling ; also, marked by poverty or inadequacy (10 of 23 words, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/starveling show=1

American Heritage Dictionary:

starveling

One that is starving or being starved. | Starving. | Poor in quality; inadequate. (12 of 16 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/starveling

Wikipedia:

Pauperism

a term meaning poverty or generally the state of being poor, but in English usage particularly the condition of being a "pauper", i.e. in receipt of relief administered under the English Poor Laws. From this springs a more general sense, referring to... (42 of 310 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Pauperism

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pauper [countable, outdated] | paupers [plural]

a very poor person (4 of 30 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pauper

Cambridge Dictionary:

pauper

a very poor person (4 of 9 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pauper

Encarta Dictionary:

starveling [archaic] | starvelings [plural]

a very thin and hungry-looking person or animal (8 of 23 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861714644​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

starveling [archaic]

First use: 16th century

Origin: from starve + -ling1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/starveling

Wiktionary:

starveling | starvelings [plural]

Origin: starve + -ling

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/starveling

starve | starved [past tense] | starf [past tense] | storve [obsolete, past tense] | storven [rare, past participle] | starving [present participle] | starves [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English sterven, from Old English steorfan ("to die"), from Proto-Germanic *sterbaną ("to become stiff, die"), from Proto-Indo-European *sterp- ("to lose strength, become numb, be motionless"); or from ... (28 of 84 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/starve

-ling

Origin: Middle English -ling, from Old English -ling, from Proto-Germanic *-lingaz, a nominal suffix, probably composed of Proto-Germanic *-ilaz (agent/instrumental suffix) + Proto-Germanic *-ingaz (patronymic suffix)... (25 of 43 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ling

New World Dictionary:

starveling

Origin: "starve" + "-ling"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/starveling

starve | starved [past tense] | starving [present participle]

Origin: Middle English sterven from Old English steorfan, to die, perish, akin to German sterben: see "start"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/starve

-ling

Origin: Middle English from Old English, combining the bases of "-le" + "-ing" | Middle English -linge from Old English -ling, -lang from ... (21 of 29 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ling-suffix

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

starveling [archaic]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "starveling"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/starveling

the Free Dictionary:

starveling

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "starveling"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "starveling"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "starveling" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/starveling

Google Dictionary:

starveling | starvelings [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "starveling"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=starveling

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

starveling

Audio: North American pronunciation of "starveling"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=starve​02 word=starveling

YourDictionary Audio:

starveling

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "starveling" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/starveling

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