-ling

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aff. a suffix of nouns, often pejorative, denoting one concerned with (hireling; underling) or forming a diminutive (princeling; duckling)
Etymology: ME, OE, c. OOHG -ling, ON -lingr, Go -liggs; see -le, -ing I II
-ling
aff. an adverbial suffix expressing direction, position, or state:
darkling[/ex]
Etymology: ME, OE; adv. use of gradational var. of lang long I

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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