Definition of -ling in English:

-ling

Syllabification: -ling

suffix

  • 1Forming nouns from nouns, adjectives, and verbs (such as hireling, youngling).
  • 2Forming nouns from adjectives and adverbs (such as darling, sibling, underling).
  • 3Forming diminutive words: gosling sapling
  • 3.1Often with depreciatory reference: princeling

Origin

Old English; sense 3 from Old Norse.

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