Definition of -ling in English:

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-ling

Pronunciation: /lɪŋ/

suffix

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

Origin

Old English; sense 3 from Old Norse.

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