starveling

noun
starve·​ling | \ ˈstärv-liŋ How to pronounce starveling (audio) \

Definition of starveling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that is thin from or as if from lack of food

starveling

adjective

Definition of starveling (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of starveling

Noun

1546, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1578, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of starveling was in 1546

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“Starveling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/starveling. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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