Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An effeminate or womanish man.
  • noun A worthless person.

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  • noun A brood, group, or flock of ducks.
  • noun An effeminate or womanish man.
  • noun One who is bad; a worthless person.

Etymologies

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Perhaps from an alteration of paddling.

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From Middle English *badling, from Old English bædling ("an effeminate person"), equivalent to bad +‎ -ling.

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