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stripling (n.)

"a youth," late 14c., of uncertain origin, possibly from strip (n.1) "long, narrow piece," on the notion of "one who is slender as a strip, whose figure is not yet filled out" + -ling.

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Definitions of stripling from WordNet

stripling (n.)
a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity;
Synonyms: adolescent / teenager / teen
From wordnet.princeton.edu