from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- suffix A noun suffix, commonly having a
diminutiveor a depreciatoryforce; as in duck ling, gos ling, hire ling, foster ling, first ling, under ling.
- An adverbial suffix.
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- suffix A
diminutivemodifier of nounshaving either the physical sense of "a younger, smaller or inferior version of what is denoted by the original noun", or the derived sense indicating possession of or connection with a quality, which may having the sense of "a follower or resident of what is denoted by the stem form".
- suffix as an adverb In the
manneror directionindicated by the main stem (object.)
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From Middle English -ling, from Old English -ling, from Proto-Germanic *-lingaz, a nominal suffix, probably composed of Proto-Germanic *-ilaz (agent/instrumental suffix) + Proto-Germanic *-ingaz (patronymic suffix). Akin to Old High German -ling, Old Norse -lingr, Gothic -𐌻𐌹𐌲𐌲𐍃 (-liggs) (in 𐌲𐌰𐌳𐌹𐌻𐌹𐌲𐌲𐍃 (gadiliggs)). More at -le, -ing.
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