Equivalent to lief + -ling (compare darling), perhaps from or modelled after Afrikaans liefling (“darling”), German Liebling (“darling”). Compare also loveling.
"liefling." YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 06 December 2018. <https://www.yourdictionary.com/liefling>.
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