A changeling is a child who is suspected to not be a couple’s real child. As the myth goes, a changeling was substituted by fairies.

Do you ever feel like your parents might not be your real parents? Then maybe you’re a changeling. A changeling is part of a switcheroo by fairies who switch out a couple’s real baby with another baby. The new baby is the changeling. Fortunately, fairies are mythical creatures, so the concept of a changeling is also fanciful. The -ling part appears in many other Middle and Old English words: underling, hireling, duckling, and yearling, to name a few.

Definitions of changeling
  1. noun
    a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
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    type of:
    child, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster
    a young person of either sex
  2. noun
    a person of subnormal intelligence
    synonyms: cretin, half-wit, idiot, imbecile, moron
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    type of:
    simple, simpleton
    a person lacking intelligence or common sense
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