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One that is starving or being starved.
1. Starving.
2. Poor in quality; inadequate.


a. a starving or poorly fed person, animal, etc
b. (as modifier): a starveling child.
insufficient; meagre; scant
[C16: from starve + -ling1]


(ˈstɑrv lɪŋ)

1. a person, animal, or plant that is starving.
2. starving; suffering from lack of nourishment.
3. entailing or suggesting starvation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.starveling - someone who is starving (or being starved)
pauper - a person who is very poor


n (dated)Hungerleider m
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Are those three yonder that to my disordered eyes are starveling swine-herds --"
They all then made a starveling repast; but gathering round the fire, talked over past dangers and troubles, soothed themselves with the persuasion that all were now at an end, and went to sleep with the comforting hope that the morrow would bring them into plentiful quarters.
It was a starveling sort of hope that lived a lingering life in me until to-day.
But therein, as I found, dwelt now John Field, an Irishman, and his wife, and several children, from the broad-faced boy who assisted his father at his work, and now came running by his side from the bog to escape the rain, to the wrinkled, sibyl-like, cone-headed infant that sat upon its father's knee as in the palaces of nobles, and looked out from its home in the midst of wet and hunger inquisitively upon the stranger, with the privilege of infancy, not knowing but it was the last of a noble line, and the hope and cynosure of the world, instead of John Field's poor starveling brat.
You, too, know the discouragement of sowing lovely seed in rocky earth, in sand, in water, and (it almost seems sometimes) in mud; knowing that if anything comes up at all it will be some poor starveling plant.
An unclean starveling wrapped a gaudy table-cloth about his loins, and hung a white rag over my shoulders.
They cheered--with shrill starveling voices they cheered.
The schoolmaster now bestowed both whip and heel upon the starveling ribs of old Gunpowder, who dashed forward, snuffling and snorting, but came to a stand just by the bridge, with a suddenness that had nearly sent his rider sprawling over his head.
Every animal searching for mast, grubbing up roots, foraging, chasing fish, was carefully observed by the starveling, and he then tasted the different foods .
I felt nothing, and I will not betray those days if days are capable of being betrayed, by pretending a pang in my larval heart or even some starveling joy when Tuffy yelped.
Elaine Paige leads the Mechanicals as Mistress Quince, with Richard Wilson as Starveling, CBeebies favourite Bernard Cribbins as Snout, and Matt Lucas as Bottom.
With John Hannah as Thesues and Richard Wilson as Starveling.