shaveling


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shaveling

(ˈʃeɪvlɪŋ)
n
1. derogatory a priest or clergyman with a shaven head
2. a young fellow; youth
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Clerk me no Clerks,'' replied the transformed priest; ``by Saint George and the Dragon, I am no longer a shaveling than while my frock is on my back When I am cased in my green cassock, I will drink, swear, and woo a lass, with any blithe forester in the West Riding.
Thy father, shaveling, with all his faults, had a man's heart; and there were few who could look him in the eyes on the day of his anger.
For example, words ending in -ling, such as cnoepling, frumbyrdling, geongling, stripling, shaveling where the diminutive suffix -ling was originally used for forming names of baby animals, e.