UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈstɑːvlɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(stärvling)

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
starve•ling  (stärvling),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person, animal, or plant that is starving.

  1. Pathologystarving;
    suffering from lack of nourishment.
  2. pining with want.
  3. poverty-stricken.
  4. poor in condition or quality.
  5. such as to entail or suggest starvation.
  • starve + -ling1 1540–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
starveling /ˈstɑːvlɪŋ/ archaic n
  1. a starving or poorly fed person, animal, etc
  2. (as modifier): a starveling child
  1. insufficient; meagre; scant
Etymology: 16th Century: from starve + -ling1
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