Definition of stripling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstrɪplɪŋ/


archaic or humorous
A young man: he’s a mere stripling
More example sentences
  • Surely, though, there could be no such problem with filming a stripling of a novel, published a mere five years ago?
  • Long ago, when Al was a mere stripling of 83, the Players Club gave him a testimonial.
  • The police officer, a mere stripling of 35, was called to a nursing home where the woman was visiting a friend.
youth, adolescent, youngster, boy, schoolboy, lad, child, teenager, juvenile, minor, junior, young man, whippersnapper, fledgling;
Scottish  laddie, bairn;
West Indian  pickney
informal kid, young 'un, nipper, shaver, tot
derogatory brat, urchin, guttersnipe
archaic hobbledehoy


Middle English: probably from strip2 (from the notion of ‘narrowness’, i.e. slimness) + -ling.

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