Part of speech: noun

An ill - favored child supposed to have been substituted by fairies for a beautiful one stolen away.

Part of speech: noun

A fickle person.

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Usage examples "changeling":

  1. She tried to look for the changeling; but the tears made her so that she couldn't see very well; and there were so many potatoes! - "The Potato Child and Others", Mrs. Charles J. Woodbury.
  2. Then by water to Whitefriars to the Play- house, and there saw " The Changeling," the first time it hath been acted these twenty years, and it takes exceedingly. - "Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright", Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke.
  3. She did not herself know but that it was her own child, but there were old folks in the town who knew that it was in reality a mermaid's changeling. - "Bred in the Bone", James Payn.