Meaning of -LING in English

-LING

1.

suffix.

1. denoting a person or thing: a connected with (hireling; sapling). b having the property of being (weakling; underling) or undergoing (starveling).

2 denoting a diminutive (duckling), often derogatory (lordling).

Etymology: OE (as -LE(1) + -ING(3)): sense 2 f. ON 2.

suffix forming adverbs and adjectives (darkling; grovelling) (cf. -LONG).

Etymology: OE f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.