changeling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n changeling a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
    • n changeling a person of subnormal intelligence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Changeling A simpleton; an idiot. "Changelings and fools of heaven, and thence shut out.""Wildly we roam in discontent about."
    • Changeling Given to change; inconstant. "Some are so studiously changeling ."
    • Changeling One apt to change; a waverer. "Fickle changelings ."
    • Changeling 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.""The changeling a substituted writing] never known."
    • Changeling Taken or left in place of another; changed. "A little changeling boy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n changeling A child left or taken in the place of another; especially, in popular superstition, a strange, stupid, ugly child left by the fairies in place of a beautiful or charming child that they have stolen away.
    • n changeling Figuratively, anything changed for or put in the place of another, or the act of so changing.
    • n changeling One apt to change; a waverer.
    • changeling Exchanged: specifically applied to a child fancied to have been exchanged for another by the fairies.
    • changeling Given to change; inconstant; fickle: as, “studiously changeling,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Changeling a child taken or left by the fairies in place of another—usually an under-sized, crabbed child: one apt to change
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Change, + -ling,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. changer—Late L. cambiāre—L. cambīre, to barter.

Usage

In literature:

Dorsheimer had become a political changeling.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Getting Elsie was like finding a changeling.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
She felt a forlorn changeling looking upon her own estranged estate.
"'way Down In Lonesome Cove" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Mr. Mitchell-Innes tells us that the fear of changelings exists in China.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
The child was like a changeling, in the old fairy stories.
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
The story of a changeling who is suddenly transferred to the position of a rich English heiress.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
In the depths of the man's changeling and feckless soul is a principle which has carried him untarnished through many a wild adventure.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Can an inconstant, A fickle changeling, move a man like Percy?
"The Indian Princess" by James Nelson Barker
They are the fairies of photography, and fill our albums with winsome changelings.
"Select Conversations with an Uncle" by H. G. Wells
What changelings brides were!
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
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In poetry:

Silent he sat
On the branch, nor stirred,
And I saw m him
A changeling bird.
"Jackdaw" by Padraic Colum
FOR the poor body that I own
I could weep many a tear:
The days have stolen flesh and bone,
And left a changeling here.
"Garadh" by Padraic Colum
Has Time a changeling made of thee?
Oh! no; and thou art all to me:
He bares the forest, but his pow'rs
Impair not love like ours.
"Song II" by Sir John Carr
And they who, seeking beauty, once descry
Her face, to most unknown;
Thenceforth like changelings from the sky
Must walk their road alone.
"The Companions" by Alfred Noyes
Ask once, that they make the matter clear,
But ask no more, if the lesson fail;
Let changelings go, however dear,
And shed no tears for a love so frail.
"Friendship" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Angelina Jolie stars in " Changeling ".
The biggest thing " Changeling ," Clint Eastwood's latest directorial undertaking, has going for it is a gut-wrenching story based on true events.
Review of LB Playhouse's "The Changeling ": Whoa Nelly.
Cold temps make shooting ' changeling '.
' Changeling ' scribe on 'Forbidden Planet'.
Michael Straczynski, the writer of the Clint Eastwood-directed " Changeling ," is penning a long-in-the-works update of SciFi classic "Forbidden Planet" for Warner Bros Joel Silver is producing via Silver Pictures.
Mother knows best in ' Changeling '.
Saw V, Pride and Glory, Changeling .
' Changeling ,' Impostor Tale, Itself Feels False.
Enter here for your chance to win free tickets to the movie Changeling , starring Angelina Jolie.
Eastwood, Jolie catch ' Changeling '.
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are fast-tracking "The Changeling ," with Clint Eastwood looking to direct and Angelina Jolie in talks to star.
Clint Eastwood's Changeling is set in Los Angeles in the late 1920's, but connections are missing or scrambled between the filmmaking and the period, between the co-stars.
'Changeling,' Impostor Tale, Itself Feels False.
The poster for "Changeling," Angelina Jolie's new movie, was unveiled today on Cinematical and while I usually loathe the generic practice of using a floating head to promote a film, this time it works.
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