Definitions

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  • n. A petty squire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A petty squire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A petty squire; a squirelet.

Etymologies

squire +‎ -ling (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was the bitterest blow of Prior Robert's life to know that he had met his match and overmatch in eloquence and argument, here in a half-barbaric Welsh landholder, no great lord, but a mere squireling elevated among his inferiors to a status he barely rated, at least in Norman eyes.

    A Morbid Taste For Bones

  • No, that was for some lucky one of her own class and state, not for a simple squireling like me.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • The conquest and subjection of New Spain synchronised curiously with the profound crisis in, and the conquest and domination of, Old Spain by its own king, a governing genius and leader of men almost as great as was the obscure Estramaduran squireling who was adding to the newly unified crown of Spain that which was to be its richest jewel in the

    Mexico Its Ancient and Modern Civilisation, History, Political Conditions, Topography, Natural Resources, Industries and General Development

  • She walked the village like a queen, and no Fen farmer or squireling ventured to jest with her.

    More Pages from a Journal

  • In his consequential verdancy, his aristocratic boobyism, and his lack-brain originality, this pithless hereditary squireling is quite inimitable and irresistible; -- a tall though slender specimen of most effective imbecility, whose manners and character must needs all be from within, because he lacks force of nature to shape or dress himself by any model.

    Shakespeare: His Life, Art, And Characters, Volume I. With An Historical Sketch Of The Origin And Growth Of The Drama In England

  • It could, after all, happen to any yokel on squireling with funds to keep a pony, especially, perhaps, to one with a well-filled hip flask.

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  • In his consequential verdancy, his aristocratic boobyism, and his lack-brain originality, this pithless hereditary squireling is quite inimitable and irresistible; ” a tall though slender specimen of most effective imbecility, whose manners and character must needs all be from within, because he lacks force of nature to shape or dress himself by any model.

    Shakespeare His Life Art And Characters

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  • I keep seeing this on the front page and thinking I misspelled squirrelling, but I didn't; it's squire-ling. Gah!

    August 27, 2008