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English

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Etymology

From Middle English, from Old English, akin to -ing

Suffix

-ling

  1. A diminutive modifier of nouns having either the physical sense of "a younger, smaller or inferior version of what is denoted by the original noun", or the derived sense indicating possession of or connection with a quality, which may having the sense of "a follower or resident of what is denoted by the stem form".
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) In the manner or direction indicated by the main stem (object.)

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Usage notes

Words ending in -ing derived from a root ending on -l or in a mute -le, such as dazzling, have usually only an accidental resemblance

References

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

Dutch

Suffix

-ling

  1. A suffix that describes a male person in terms of a place of origin or a quality, as defined by the root to which it is added.

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German

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Suffix

-ling

  1. A diminutive modifier of nouns having either the physical sense of "a younger, smaller or inferior version of what is denoted by the original noun", or the derived sense indicating possession of or connection with a quality, which may having the sense of "a follower or resident of what is denoted by the stem form".

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