/stahrv"ling/, n.
1. a person, animal, or plant that is starving.
2. starving; suffering from lack of nourishment.
3. pining with want.
4. poverty-stricken.
5. poor in condition or quality.
6. such as to entail or suggest starvation.
[1540-50; STARVE + -LING1]

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  • Starveling — Starve ling (st[aum]rv l[i^]ng), n. [Starve + ling.] One who, or that which, pines from lack of food, or nutriment. [1913 Webster] Old Sir John hangs with me, and thou knowest he is no starveling. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Starveling — Starve ling, a. Hungry; lean; pining with want. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • starveling — [stärv′liŋ] n. [ STARVE + LING1] a person or animal that is thin or weak from lack of food adj. 1. starving; weak and hungry 2. suffering, showing, or caused by extreme deprivation; impoverished …   English World dictionary

  • starveling — I. noun Date: 1546 one that is thin from or as if from lack of food II. adjective Date: 1578 being a starveling; also marked by poverty or inadequacy < starveling wages > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • starveling — noun One who is thin from lack of food. If I hang, Ill make a fat pair of gallows; for if I hang, old Sir John hangs with me, and thou knowest he is no starveling …   Wiktionary

  • starveling — [ stα:vlɪŋ] archaic adjective starving or emaciated. noun a starveling person or animal …   English new terms dictionary

  • starveling — starve·ling || stÉ‘rvlɪŋ / stɑːv n. person or animal that is suffering from lack of nourishment …   English contemporary dictionary

  • starveling — I. a. Lean, meagre, lank, emaciated, gaunt, skinny, scraggy, raw boned, hungry, thin, attenuated, ill fed, ill conditioned. II. n. Pauper, mendicant, beggar …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • starveling — noun (C) literary a person or animal that is thin and unhealthy from lack of food …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • starveling — adj 1. starving, very hungry, famished, dying for food; undernourished, underfed, ill fed; starved looking, pinched, withered, shriveled, wizened; emaciate, emaciated, wasted, attenuated, Pathol. tabetic, Pathol. tabid; thin, thin as a reed or… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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