Definitions for: Changeling

[n] a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
[n] a person of subnormal intelligence

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.''

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.

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

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