American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Little one: devilkin.
- n. A suffix used to form adjectives expressing resemblance or likeness to, similar to -like.
- n. A suffix used to form nouns having qualities of or belonging to a particular kind, class, or sort.
- n. Forming diminutives of nouns.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A diminutive suffix.
- From Middle English -kin, -ken, probably from Middle Dutch -ken, apparently representing West Germanic *-kīn, from Proto-Germanic *-ukīnan, a double diminutive, from Proto-Germanic *-ukaz (Compare Old English -oc) + Proto-Germanic *-īnan (Compare Old English -en). Cognate with Dutch -ken, Low German -ken, German -chen. More at -ock, -en. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch -kijn, -kin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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