Blend of nephew +‎ sibling.


  • IPA(key): /ˈnɛflɪŋ/, enPR: nĕfʹlĭng
  • Hyphenation: neph‧ling


nephling (plural nephlings)

  1. (rare) A child of one’s sibling; niece or nephew.
    • 1843, Nathaniel Parker Willis, The Miscellaneous Works of N.P. Willis:
      My dear neph-ling: I congratulate you on the attainment of your degree as “Master of Arts.” [] Your affectionate uncle, Cinna Beverley.
    • [1992, The Bible Translator, volume 43, United Bible Societies:
      One of my correspondents uses the idiolect form "nephlings" to refer collectively to her niece and nephew, but points out that even this derives from the masculine form.]
    • 1998, “Charlotte L. Blackmer” (username), ““Birthdays”, in, Usenet:
      June 19 is six days before mine. And 4 days after the nephling’s.
    • 2000, “Brian Mailman” (username), “When do Kids Talk?”, in, Usenet:
      The nephling, now 4-1/2 is a second child also, and didn't speak more than a word or two until he was close to 3-1/2.
    • 2006, “Austin Shackles” (username), “Re: Whoo Hoo!”, in, Usenet:
      Tell us about the new nephling. [] She’s cute.
    • [2011, Mary Anderson; Jane Goodman; Nancy K. Schlossberg, Counseling Adults in Transition, Fourth Edition: Linking Schlossberg’s Theory With Practice in a Diverse World:
      A bachelor of our acquaintance describes his brother's children as his “nephlings.” This term is not only gender neutral, unlike niece or nephew, but implies a closer relationship with its connection to the word sibling.]
    Synonym: nibling