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Definition of stripling noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

stripling

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈstrɪplɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrɪplɪŋ//
 
(old-fashioned or humorous)
 
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a young man who is older than a boy but who does not seem to be a real man yet Word Origin Middle English: probably from strip (from the notion of “narrowness”, i.e. slimness) + -ling.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stripling