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changeling


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Changeling  \Change"ling\,  a. 
  1.  Taken  or  left  in  place  of  another;  changed.  ``A  little 
  changeling  boy.''  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Given  to  change;  inconstant.  [Obs.] 
 
  Some  are  so  studiously  changeling.  --Boyle. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Changeling  \Change"ling\,  n.  [Change  +  -ling.] 
  1.  One  who  or  that  which  is  left  or  taken  in  the  place  of 
  another,  as  a  child  exchanged  by  fairies. 
 
  Such  men  do  changelings  call  so  changed  by 
  fairies'  theft.  --Spenser. 
 
  The  changeling  [a  substituted  writing]  never  known 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  A  simpleton;  an  idiot.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Changelings  and  fools  of  heaven,  and  thence  shut 
  out 
 
  Wildly  we  roam  in  discontent  about  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  One  apt  to  change;  a  waverer.  ``Fickle  changelings.'' 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  changeling 
  n  1:  a  person  of  subnormal  intelligence  [syn:  {idiot},  {imbecile}, 
  {cretin},  {moron},  {half-wit},  {retard}] 
  2:  a  child  secretly  exchanged  for  another  in  infancy 




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