An example of a participle is "sleeping" in the phrase "sleeping dogs."
Origin of participle
- Middle English from Old French variant of participe from Latin participium (translation of Greek metokhē sharing, partaking, participle) from particeps particip- partaker participate
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French participle (1388), "˜a noun-adjective', variant of participe, from Latin participium.