ling

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noun, plural (especially collectively) ling, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) lings.

an elongated, marine, gadid food fish, Molva molva, of Greenland and northern Europe.
the burbot.
any of various other elongated food fishes.

Nearby words

  1. lines,
  2. linesman,
  3. lineswoman,
  4. lineup,
  5. liney,
  6. ling.,
  7. lingala,
  8. lingam,
  9. lingayat,
  10. lingayata

Origin of ling

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1250–1300; Middle English ling, lenge; cognate with Dutch leng; akin to long1, Old Norse langa

ling

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[ling]

noun

the heather, Calluna vulgaris.

Origin of ling

2
1325–75; Middle English lyng < Old Norse lyng

ling.

-ling

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a suffix of nouns, often pejorative, denoting one concerned with (hireling; underling), or diminutive (princeling; duckling).

Origin of -ling

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Middle English, Old English; cognate with German -ling, Old Norse -lingr, Gothic -lings; see -le, -ing1

-ling

2

an adverbial suffix expressing direction, position, state, etc.: darkling; sideling.

Origin of -ling

2
Middle English, Old English; adv. use of gradational variant lang long1

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British Dictionary definitions for ling

ling

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noun plural ling or lings

any of several gadoid food fishes of the northern coastal genus Molva, esp M. molva, having an elongated body with long fins
another name for burbot

Word Origin for ling

C13: probably from Low German; related to long 1

noun

another name for heather (def. 1)
Derived Formslingy, adjective

Word Origin for ling

C14: from Old Norse lyng

ling.

abbreviation for

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-ling

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suffix forming nouns

often derogatory a person or thing belonging to or associated with the group, activity, or quality specifiednestling; underling
used as a diminutiveduckling

Word Origin for -ling

Old English -ling, of Germanic origin; related to Icelandic -lingr, Gothic -lings

-ling

2

suffix forming adverbs

in a specified condition, manner, or directiondarkling; sideling

Word Origin for -ling

Old English -ling, adverbial suffix

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