Definition of -ling in English:

-ling

suffix

  • 1Forming nouns from nouns (such as hireling, sapling).

  • 2Forming nouns from adjectives and adverbs (such as darling, sibling, underling).

  • 3Forming diminutive words.

    ‘gosling’
    1. 3.1 Often with depreciatory reference.
      ‘princeling’

Origin

Old English; -ling (sense 3) from Old Norse.

Pronunciation

-ling

/lɪŋ/