One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Forming nouns from nouns (such as hireling, sapling).
2Forming nouns from adjectives and adverbs (such as darling, sibling, underling).
3Forming diminutive words.‘gosling’
- 3.1 Often with depreciatory reference.‘princeling’
- 3.1 Often with depreciatory reference.
Old English; -ling (sense 3) from Old Norse.
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