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starveling

Line breaks: starve|ling
Pronunciation: /ˈstɑːvlɪŋ
 
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archaic

Definition of starveling in English:

noun

An undernourished or emaciated person or animal: a ragged starveling
More example sentences
  • But announcing the intention to send the starvelings back to what is loosely called their home is not a task that everyone would relish.
  • Truth, however gently expressed, cuts deep; cockroaches do not deter starvelings from the soup.
  • Acton had been a starveling when Lombard had found him during one of his rare excursions to the royal city beside the ocean.

adjective

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Lacking enough food; emaciated: a starveling child
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  • ‘And Carmel, begun by starveling writers and unwanted painters, is now a community of the well-to-do and the retired.’
  • The redhead Susanna, scarlet-lipped, rose-flushed, and wrinkle-necked, contrasts with the starveling look of the foremost elder.
  • So why would our own starveling country want two more of these vagrant landing-strips, whatever the asking price may turn out to be?

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