from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person devoted to fleshly things.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person devoted to carnal things.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
I also love the idea that these book spirits all know each other and are aware of what's going on behind the scenes, while we humans or "fleshling" as the book calls us are by and large clueless.
May I speak candidly, fleshling, one rational creature to another, myself a book and you a reader?
The first line of the book is as follows: "May I speak candidly, fleshling, one rational creature to another, myself a book and you a reader?"
I shall weep if you say so, only -- pardon, mamselle, but do not, if you please, make that weep too long, a few sniffs only, for I have not with me in this fleshling costume ze
We do not Judge our middle-class citizens by our cooks, and it is apt to suggest unwisdom, to express it very mildly, to gauge the men and women workers of the stage by beer-hall habitues and fleshling courtesans.
Here, Astro Boy escapes the evil clutches of a war mongering President and ends up on Earth, as the film "yawns out the usual 'accept who you are' moral as Astro hides his circuits from his fleshling friends" (Empire, 2 stars).