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change·ling

 (chānj′lĭng)
n.
1. A child secretly exchanged for another.
2. In European folklore, a fairy child left in place of a stolen human child.
3. Archaic A changeable, fickle person.
4. Obsolete A person of deficient intelligence.

changeling

(ˈtʃeɪndʒlɪŋ)
n
1. (European Myth & Legend) a child believed to have been exchanged by fairies for the parents' true child
2. archaic
a. an idiot
b. a fickle or changeable person

change•ling

(ˈtʃeɪndʒ lɪŋ)

n.
1. an infant exchanged by stealth for another child.
2. Archaic.
a. a turncoat.
b. an imbecile.
[1545–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.changeling - a person of subnormal intelligencechangeling - a person of subnormal intelligence  
mongoloid - a person suffering from Down syndrome (no longer used technically in this sense)
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
2.changeling - a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
child, kid, minor, nipper, tiddler, youngster, tike, shaver, small fry, nestling, fry, tyke - a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
Translations
طِفْلٌ مَبْدولٌ
podvržené dítě
forbyttet barn
elcserélt gyermek
umskiptingur
laumukas
laumu atstāts bērns
podvrhnuté dieťa

changeling

n (= child)Wechselbalg m

changeling

(ˈtʃeindʒliŋ) noun
a child secretly left in place of another by the fairies etc.
References in classic literature ?
Then Rebecca had gone away, and in the long months of absence her mind and soul had grown out of her mother's knowledge, so that now, when Aurelia had time and strength to study her child, she was like some enchanting changeling.
It is a changeling who will lay ill-luck at our doors.
And that minx, Catherine Linton, or Earnshaw, or however she was called - she must have been a changeling - wicked little soul
He had no mother - no anything in the way of a relative, that I could discover, except a sister, who fled to America the moment we had taken him off her hands; and he became quartered on us like a horrible young changeling.
And this changeling called herself by the same name as the many-coloured, clinging maid of yore; she of the frequent laughter, and the many sighs, and the kind, stolen glances.
Accordingly they betake themselves to a neighbouring dining-house, of the class known among its frequenters by the denomination slap- bang, where the waitress, a bouncing young female of forty, is supposed to have made some impression on the susceptible Smallweed, of whom it may be remarked that he is a weird changeling to whom years are nothing.
This backwoods bit of nastiness has at its dark heart the gory antics of 'the Hallow', tree-dwelling banshees living deep in an Irish forest who take babies and replace them with their own changelings.
Rick, Roxy and Tiago are changelings growing up in the magical realm of Avalon.
It is in this setting that we meet two ugly changeling children, Bartholomew and Hetty Kettle, the offspring of a faery Sidhe father and English mother (as changelings they are despised, vulnerable to be seized and hanged).
Making new friends and rivals soon takes a backseat to the mystery of who is kidnapping faerie-blooded Changelings like Ernie.
Now he is beginning his career as a Janus Guard, one of the specially chosen changelings trained as elite protectors of the gates between the Otherworld and the world of humans.