Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lord regarded as immature or insignificant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unimportant or petty lord.
  • n. A young lord.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little or insignificant lord.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little or diminutive lord: used commonly in a derogatory or contemptuous sense.

Etymologies

From lord +‎ -ling. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This lordling was ready to wed his bride — the girl he had known and succoured throughout their joint lives — simply because she was rich and the lordling was a pauper.

    Lady Anna

  • This lordling was ready to wed his bride -- the girl he had known and succoured throughout their joint lives -- simply because she was rich and the lordling was a pauper.

    Lady Anna

  • An English ultra tory is what we believe has usually been meant and understood in Canada by the unqualified term tory; that is, a lordling in power, a tyrant in politics, and a bigot in religion.

    The Story of My Life Being Reminiscences of Sixty Years' Public Service in Canada

  • In Vlad's storied, ten-volume adventures, he goes from street-punk to crime-boss to lordling to political operative, embroiled in a magnificently realized fantasy world that leaps off the page with a fascinating poleconomy, literary tradition, spirituality and history ancient and modern.

    Boing Boing

  • When a local lordling sets his sights on the horses belonging to the Rom, Chali, Kevin, and a young man from the mysterious Horseclans named Daiv must do what they can to save the Rom and the horses they love.

    Short Story Break: Lackey & Bull « A Working Title

  • “You look disapproving, young Siovalese country lordling.”

    Songs of Love & Death

  • I WAS A Siovalese country lordling, and I knew mountains.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • Some calf-eyed Siovalese lordling swanning around in fine silk robes, his hair strewn about his shoulders, droning on about spring-fed mountain lakes, dreaming of meadows and tall, nodding flowers, oh yes, fulsome heads bent tenderly on their slender stalks…

    Songs of Love & Death

  • Gypsy Joe, at forty and full of bullish confidence, knew he was inviting sneers for letting this almost untried lordling loose on a testing track in a big-news event on a horse he'd never even sat on.

    The Elvis Latte

  • All he lacked was a cloak and sword, and a pair of ornamental gloves thrust through his belt to be the image of a proper petty lordling.

    Tran Siberian

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