Changeling

Definition of Changeling

Change´ling
n.1.One who, or that which, is left or taken in the place of another, as a child exchanged by fairies.
Such, men do changelings call, so changed by fairies' theft.
- Spenser.
The changeling [a substituted writing] never known.
- Shak.
2.A simpleton; an idiot.
Wildly we roam in discontent about.
3.One apt to change; a waverer.
a.1.Taken or left in place of another; changed.
2.Given to change; inconstant.
Some are so studiously changeling.
- Boyle.

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agent, alternate, alternative, analogy, backup, change, comparison, copy, counterfeit, deputy, double, dummy, elf child, equal, equivalent, ersatz, exchange, fake, fill-in, ghost, ghostwriter, imitation, locum tenens, makeshift, metaphor, metonymy, next best thing, personnel, phony, pinch hitter, proxy, relief, replacement, representative, reserves, ringer, second string, secondary, sign, spares, stand-in, sub, substituent, substitute, substitution, succedaneum, superseder, supplanter, surrogate, symbol, synecdoche, third string, token, understudy, utility player, vicar, vice-president, vice-regent
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