What does the word starveling mean?

Usage examples for starveling

  1. Starveling horses grazed on the neighboring meadows; girls and children bathed and laughed in the adjacent river; warriors smoked their pipes in haughty indolence; squaws labored in the cornfields, or brought fagots from the forest, and shrivelled hags screamed from lodge to lodge. – The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada by Francis Parkman
  2. The schoolmaster now bestowed both whip and heel upon the starveling ribs of old Gunpowder, who dashed 10 forward, snuffling and snorting, but came to a stand just by the bridge with a suddenness which had nearly sent his rider sprawling over his head. – Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year by E.C. Hartwell
  3. We can see the little public room of the tavern with its rows of chairs and benches at one end and the group of starveling actors at the other, who never played a greater farce than when they set up as being solely ministers of piety and virtue. – Stage-coach and Tavern Days by Alice Morse Earle