-ing [iŋ][ME -ing, -yng, orig. -end, -and, -ind < OE -ende, suffix of prp. of verbs] suffix1. forming the present participle of verbs [hearing, noticing]2. [ME -ing, -yng < OE -ung] forming verbal nouns:a) the act or an instance of (a specified verb) [talking, digging]b) something produced by the action of (a specified verb) [a painting]c) something that does the action of (a specified verb) [a covering for her head]d) material used for (a specified thing) [blanketing, carpeting]e) an act or process involving (a specified thing): added to verbs or, sometimes, nouns added to verbs or, sometimes, nouns3. [ME < OE] forming nouns a person or thing of a (specified) kind or origin: sometimes used with diminutive force [atheling, farthing]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.