starveling

1 of 2

noun

starve·​ling ˈstärv-liŋ How to pronounce starveling (audio)
: one that is thin from or as if from lack of food

starveling

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adjective

: being a starveling
also : marked by poverty or inadequacy
starveling wages

Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1546, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of starveling was in 1546

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Cite this Entry

“Starveling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/starveling. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

starveling

noun
starve·​ling
stärv-liŋ
: one thin and weakened by or as if by lack of food
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