ling

1 of 4

noun (1)

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

ling

2 of 4

noun (2)

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

-ling

3 of 4

noun suffix

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

-ling

4 of 4

adverb suffix

variants or -lings
: in (such) a direction or manner
sideling
flatling

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Middle English, from Old Norse lyng

Noun suffix

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

Adverb suffix

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ling was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near ling

Cite this Entry

“Ling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ling. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

-ling

noun suffix
liŋ
1
: one connected with or having the quality of
hireling
2
: young, small, or minor one
duckling

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