Ling Definition

lĭng
lings
noun
lings
Any of several edible gadoid fishes mostly of the N Atlantic.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
Short for common ling, Molva molva.
Wiktionary

Any of various varieties of heather or broom.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
suffix
One connected with.
Worldling.
American Heritage
One having a specified quality.
Underling.
American Heritage
One that is young, small, or inferior.
Duckling.
American Heritage
In a specified direction, manner, or condition.
Darkling.
American Heritage

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".

Wiktionary
abbreviation
Linguistics.
Webster's New World
affix
Small or young (person or thing specified)
Duckling.
Webster's New World
One in relation to a (specified) thing, esp. in seeming subordinate, unimportant, or contemptible.
Hireling, earthling, groundling.
Webster's New World
In a (specified) manner, condition, or direction; to a (specified) extent.
Darkling.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Ling

Noun

Singular:
ling
Plural:
lings

Origin of Ling

  • From Middle English -ling, from Old English -ling, from Proto-Germanic *-lingaz, a nominal suffix, probably composed of Proto-Germanic *-ilaz (agent/instrumental suffix) + Proto-Germanic *-ingaz (patronymic suffix). Akin to Old High German -ling, Old Norse -lingr, Gothic -𐌻𐌹𐌲𐌲𐍃 (-liggs) (in 𐌲𐌰𐌳𐌹𐌻𐌹𐌲𐌲𐍃 (gadiliggs)). More at -le, -ing.

    From Wiktionary

  • ME -linge < OE -ling, -lang < IE base *lenk-, to bend > Latvian lùnkans, flexible

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English possibly of Low German origin del-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • ME < OE, combining the bases of -le + -ing

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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