Definition of -ling in English:

-ling

suffix

  • 1Forming nouns from nouns, adjectives, and verbs (such as hireling, youngling).

  • 2Forming nouns from adjectives and adverbs (such as darling, sibling, underling).

  • 3Forming diminutive words.

    ‘gosling’
    • ‘sapling’
    1. 3.1Often with depreciatory reference.
      • ‘princeling’

Origin

Old English; -ling (sense 3) from Old Norse.