Meaning of deathling in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɛθlɪŋ/


  • 1literary A being subject to death, a mortal, as opposed to immortal or divine beings.

  • 2literary, rare As a personification: an offspring of Death; a little demon serving Death. Now only in science and fantasy fiction: a type of imaginary being associated with death.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Joshua Sylvester (d. 1618), poet and translator. From death + -ling.