Definition of Changeling

1. Noun. A person of subnormal intelligence.

Exact synonyms: Cretin, Half-wit, Idiot, Imbecile, Moron, Retard
Specialized synonyms: Mongoloid
Generic synonyms: Simple, Simpleton
Derivative terms: Cretinous, Idiotic, Imbecilic, Moronic, Retard



2. Noun. A child secretly exchanged for another in infancy.

Definition of Changeling

1. n. One who, or that which, is left or taken in the place of another, as a child exchanged by fairies.

2. a. Taken or left in place of another; changed.

Definition of Changeling

1. Noun. (mythology) In British, Irish and Scandinavian mythology, an infant of a fairy, sprite or troll that the creature has secretly exchanged for a human infant. ¹

2. Noun. (informal rare) An infant secretly exchanged with another infant. ¹

3. Noun. (science fiction and fantasy) An organism which can change shape to mimic others. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Changeling

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Changeling

change taste
change up
changeabilities
changeability
changeable
changeableness
changeably
changed
changeful
changefully
changefulness
changefulnesses
changeless
changelessly
changelessness
changeling (current term)
changelings
changelog
changelogs
changemaker
changemakers
changeout
changeouts
changeover
changeovers
changer
changeroom
changerooms
changeround
changers

Literary usage of Changeling

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1. Scandinavian Folk-lore: Illustrations of the Traditional Beliefs of the by William Alexander Craigie (1896)
"The changeling and the Egg-shell. A WOMAN'S child was once changed by the troll-folk, ... She should first try whether the child was really a changeling, ..."

2. Representative English Plays: From the Middle Ages to the End of the by John Strong Perry Tatlock, Robert Grant Martin (1916)
"1(116) and The changeling (1023). By 1014 Middleton had written most of the ... But it is in the romantic tragedy, The changeling, of the same class as ..."

3. A Manual for the Collector and Amateur of Old English Plays by William Carew Hazlitt (1892)
"Under date of January 23, 1660-1, Pepys says : " To the Playhouse, and there saw the changeling, the first time it hath been acted these twenty years, ..."

4. The Fairy Mythology: Illustrative of the Romance and Superstition of Various by Thomas Keightley (1905)
"The changeling has nothing peculiar in it ; but the Brewery of Eggshells is one which we find in many places, even in Brittany and Auvergne. ..."

5. American Book Prices Current by Katherine Kyes Leab, Daniel J Leab (1908)
"The changeling. First edition. Lond., 1653. 410. Unbd. (some headlines shaved), Howland, A., Nov. 15, '07. (418) $5.00. Unbd. (apparently preceding copy), ..."

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