strip·ling | \ˈstri-pliŋ \

Definition of stripling 

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Synonyms for stripling


boy, lad, laddie, nipper, shaver, sonny, tad, youth

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Examples of stripling in a Sentence

the young boxer looked like a mere stripling next to his larger, more seasoned opponent

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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, "More Nasties of History Get a Novel Makeover," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of stripling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stripling

Middle English

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English Language Learners Definition of stripling

: a boy or young man

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a state of commotion or excitement

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