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What Does The Suffix -ling Mean?

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The suffix -ling is a suffix which is added at the end of those nouns which are often pejorative. In other words, they are those nouns which denote a person who is concerned with something. The word is also sometimes used to refer to the diminutive form of a word.

Some common examples of nouns which end in the suffix -ling which are often used in the pejorative form or some common example of nouns which refer to persons who are concerned with something are the nouns hireling and underling. Some common examples of nouns which end in the suffix -ling which are often used in the diminutive form are the nouns duckling and princeling.

The suffix -ling is a suffix which is added at the end of those adverbs which are often used to express the direction, position, state, etc. of something. Some common examples of adverbs which end in the suffix -ling which are often used to express the direction, position, state, etc. of something are the nouns darkling and sideling.

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