Definition of -ling in English:

Share this entry

-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.

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.