- -ling-ling1 [liŋ][ME < OE, combining the bases of -LE + -ING] suffix forming nouns1. small or young (person or thing specified) [duckling]2. one related to a (specified) thing, esp. so as to seem unimportant or contemptible [hireling, earthling]-ling2 [liŋ][ME -linge < OE -ling, -lang < IE base * lenk-, to bend > Latvian lùnkans, flexible] suffix forming adverbsNow Chiefly Dial. in a (specified) manner, condition, or direction; to a (specified) extent [darkling]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.