a suffix of nouns, often pejorative, denoting one concerned with (hireling; underling), or diminutive (princeling; duckling).
[ME, OE; c. G -ling, ON -lingr, Goth -lings; see -LE, -ING1]
an adverbial suffix expressing direction, position, state, etc.: darkling; sideling.
[ME, OE; adv. use of gradational var. lang LONG1]

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Universalium. 2010.

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