-ling
I. noun suffix Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English -ing 1. one connected with or having the quality of <
hireling
>
2. young, small, or inferior one <
duckling
>
II. adverb suffix or -lings Etymology: Middle English -ling (from Old English), -linges (from -ling + -es -s); akin to Old High German -lingūn -ling, Old English lang long in (such) a direction or manner <
sideling
>
<
flatling
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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