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ling

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noun \ˈliŋ\

Definition of ling

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

  2. 2 :  lingcod

Origin and Etymology of ling

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


First Known Use: 13th century


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ling

noun

Definition of ling

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

Origin and Etymology of ling

Middle English, from Old Norse lyng


First Known Use: 13th century


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-ling

noun suffix

Definition of -ling

  1. 1 :  one connected with or having the quality of <hireling>

  2. 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

Definition of -ling

  1. :  in (such) a direction or manner <sideling> <flatling>

Variants of -ling

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-lings

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


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-ling

noun suffix

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. 1 :  one associated with <nestling>

  2. 2 :  young, small, or minor one <duckling>


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