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ling

noun \ ˈliŋ \

Definition of ling

1 : any of various fishes (such as a hake or burbot) of the cod family
2 : lingcod

Origin and Etymology of ling

Middle English; akin to Dutch leng ling, Old English lang long


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ling

noun

Definition of ling

: a heath plant; especially : a common Old World heather (Calluna vulgaris)

Origin and Etymology of ling

Middle English, from Old Norse lyng


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-ling

noun suffix

Definition of -ling

1 : one connected with or having the quality of
  • hireling
2 : young, small, or inferior one
  • duckling

Origin and Etymology of -ling

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English -ing


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-ling

adverb suffix
variants: or -lings

Definition of -ling

: in (such) a direction or manner
  • sideling
  • flatling

Origin and Etymology of -ling

Middle English -ling (from Old English), -linges (from -ling + -es -s); akin to Old High German -lingūn -ling, Old English lang long


LING Defined for English Language Learners

-ling

Definition of -ling for English Language Learners

  • : one connected with or having the quality of

  • : young, small, or minor one


LING Defined for Kids

-ling

noun suffix \ ling \

Definition of -ling for Students

1 : one associated with
  • nestling
2 : young, small, or minor one
  • duckling

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