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- n. One often quarreled with, as in "It is better to be an old man's darling than a young man's warling."
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One often quarreled with; -- � word coined, perhaps, to rhyme with darling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word occurring only in the proverb “Better be an old man's darling than a young man's warling,” Camden, Remains.
Therefore some fifteen hundred of his constituents have written him a letter, and have said to him, "Dat he sall, de poo itty-witty darling-warling, have his placey-wacey as longey-wongey as he wants it, and the nasty-wasty one-legged soldiers sha'n't trouble him for situations any more, so they sha'n't."
Better an auld man's darling than a young man's warling.
No doubt the sweet darling warling precious wecious puppie wuppikins was "provoked" (By the existence of someone it hadn't yet mauled)