strip·​ling ˈstri-pliŋ How to pronounce stripling (audio)

Examples of stripling in a Sentence

the young boxer looked like a mere stripling next to his larger, more seasoned opponent
Recent Examples on the Web More important still, thrilling these ultra-cultured striplings means winning over mom and dad, too. Devorah Lev-Tov, Robb Report, 25 June 2023 In Dunst’s hands, Antoinette is naturally happy, an excitable stripling full of life — the sort of protagonist you’d root for simply because the performer inhabiting her is so agreeable. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 Best-selling author Margaret George has just published a novel repackaging the Roman emperor Nero, whose name has evoked mayhem and recreational pyromania for the past 2,000 years, as a misunderstood stripling. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 5 May 2017

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Word History


Middle English

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stripling was in the 14th century

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“Stripling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


strip·​ling ˈstrip-liŋ How to pronounce stripling (audio)
: a youth just passing from boyhood to manhood
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