Etymology
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foundling (n.)

"deserted infant," c. 1300, from Middle English founden "found," past participle of finden (see find (v.)) + diminutive suffix -ling. Compare Dutch vondeling, German Findling. Middle English had also finding in this sense (late 14c.).

updated on March 30, 2022

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Definitions of foundling from WordNet

foundling (n.)
a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown;
Synonyms: abandoned infant
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