Definition of halfling in English:



  • 1(originally in stories by J. R. R. Tolkien) a member of an imaginary race of small people.

    ‘Bilbo Baggins lived until age 131, making him the second oldest halfling of all time’
  • 2(in fantasy fiction) a being who is the offspring of a human and a member of another race.

    ‘sometimes Ana wondered whether he might be a halfling like her, with a human father and elf mother’
  • 3Scottish archaic A person who is not yet fully grown.

    ‘in this service he remained until he was nineteen, still serving in the capacity of halfling, with only a halfling's fee’


Mid 17th century: from half + -ling.