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 History of this Word

"ling" is from "ling" (a particular manner) spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
princeling
spiderling
underling
worldling

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-ling" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates connected with, young, small or specified quality. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-ling illustration The duckling was still trapped and it needed to be rescued.
-ling illustration Keep the hatchlings in separate containers so as to avoid having two animals grab the same food item.