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Changeling, 1) inconstant person, waverer: “fickle --s and poor discontents,” H4A V, 1, 76. his nature in that's no c. (== has not changed, is still the same) Cor. IV, 7, 11.
2) a child left or taken by the fairies in the place of another: “she never had so sweet a c.” Mids. II, 1, 23. “a little c. boy,” Mids. II, 1, 23 “her c. child,” IV, 1, 64. “this is some c.” Wint. III, 3, 122. “she's a c.” IV, 4, 705. Used of a letter substituted for another: “placed it safely, the c. never known,” Hml. V, 2, 53.
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