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Pronunciation:  'cheynjling

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.
    2. A simpleton; an idiot. --Macaulay.
             Changelings and fools of heaven, and thence shut
             Wildly we roam in discontent about. --Dryden.
    3. One apt to change; a waverer. ``Fickle changelings.''
  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