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Meaning of CHANGELING

Pronunciation:  'cheynjling

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
  2. [n]  a person of subnormal intelligence
 

CHANGELING is a 10 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: cretin, half-wit, idiot, imbecile, moron, retard
 
 See Also: child, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, simple, simpleton, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Change"ling\, n. [Change + -ling.]
    1. One who, or that which, is left or taken in the place of
       another, as a child exchanged by fairies.
    
             Such, men do changelings call, so changed by
             fairies' theft.                       --Spenser.
    
             The changeling [a substituted writing] never known.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    2. A simpleton; an idiot. --Macaulay.
    
             Changelings and fools of heaven, and thence shut
             out.
    
             Wildly we roam in discontent about. --Dryden.
    
    3. One apt to change; a waverer. ``Fickle changelings.''
       --Shak.
    
    
  2. \Change"ling\, a.
    1. Taken or left in place of another; changed. ``A little
       changeling boy.'' --Shak.
    
    2. Given to change; inconstant. [Obs.]
    
             Some are so studiously changeling.    --Boyle.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: agent, alternate, alternative, analogy, backup, change, comparison, copy, counterfeit, deputy, double, dummy, elf child, equal, equivalent, ersatz, exchange, fake, fill-in, ghost, ghostwriter, imitation, locum tenens, makeshift, metaphor, metonymy, next best thing, personnel, phony, pinch hitter, proxy, relief, replacement, representative, reserves, ringer, second string, secondary, sign, spares, stand-in, sub, substituent, substitute, substitution, succedaneum, superseder, supplanter, surrogate, symbol, synecdoche, third string, token, understudy, utility player, vicar, vice-president, vice-regent
 

 

 

 

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