-ing

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See also: ing, ing-, -ing-, Ing, and Ing.

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English -ing, from Old English -ing, -ung (-ing, suffix forming nouns from verbs), from Proto-Germanic *-ingō, *-ungō, from Proto-Indo-European *-enkw-. Cognate with West Frisian -ing (-ing), Dutch -ing (-ing), Low German -ing (-ing), German -ung (-ing), Swedish -ing (-ing), Icelandic -ing (-ing).

Suffix[edit]

-ing

  1. Used to form gerunds, a type of verbal nouns, from verbs.
    the making of the film
  2. Used to form uncountable nouns from various parts of speech denoting materials or systems of objects considered collectively.
    Roofing is a material that covers a roof.
    Piping is a system of pipes considered collectively.
  3. Used to form nouns of the action or the procedure of a verb; usually identical with meaning 1. in the English language or expressed with -tion instead
    The forging of the sword took hours. - where forging denotes a planned procedure of work rather than a specific physical action
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Translations[edit]

The translations below are a guide only. See individual words for precise translations.

See also[edit]

  • (collection): work

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English -inge, -ynge, alteration of earlier -inde, -ende, -and (see -and), from Old English -ende (present participle ending), from Proto-Germanic *-andz (present participle ending), from Proto-Indo-European *-nt-. Cognate with Dutch -end, German -end, Gothic -𐌰𐌽𐌳 (-and), Latin -ans, -ant-, Ancient Greek -ον (-on), Sanskrit -अन्त् (-ant). More at -and.

Suffix[edit]

-ing

  1. Used to form present participles of verbs.
    Rolling stones gather no moss.
    You are making a mess.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Middle English -ing, from Old English -ing, from Proto-Germanic *-ingaz. Akin to Old Norse -ingr, Gothic -𐌹𐌲𐌲𐍃 (-iggs).

Suffix[edit]

-ing

  1. Forming derivative nouns (originally masculine), with the senseson of, belonging to’, as patronymics or diminutives.
    Browning, Channing, Ewing
    bunting
    shilling
    farthing
  2. Having a specifed quality, characteristic, or nature; of the kind of
    sweeting
    whiting
    gelding
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Allan Metcalf, How We Talk: American Regional English, Houghton Mifflin, Boston: 2000, p 143

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse -ingr, -angr, -ungr.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ing, -ning

  1. added to a verb to form a noun for an action or process, the result of or the subject performing such action
  2. designate a person of a certain origin or with certain qualities

Usage notes[edit]

Nouns are in the common gender, and inflected -(n)ing -en, -er, -erne.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (added to a verb to form a noun for an action or process): -else, -tion

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch -inge, from Old Dutch -unga, -onga, from Proto-Germanic *-ungō.

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Suffix[edit]

-ing f (plural -ingen, diminutive -inkje or -ingetje)

  1. -ing; appended to a verb, this suffix is used to refer to the performance of the action of that verb, and the result thereof. The result is a verbal noun which in Dutch is called naamwoord van handeling (noun of action).

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ing

  1. suffix used to form nouns

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Norwegian[edit]

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Suffix[edit]

-ing f or m (see below)

  1. Used to form verbal nouns from verbs; -ing.
    Han var lei av masing.
    Norwegian

The gender is usually f if the word ended in -ing in Old Norse and m if it ended in -ingr or -ingi. Living things like islending (Icelander) and dumming (idiot) are usually m whilst inanimate things like stråling (radiation) and eting (the act of eating) usually are f.

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Old English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Variant of -ung.

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Suffix[edit]

-ing f

  1. Forming nouns from verbs, indicating action, process or material.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *-ingaz.

Suffix[edit]

-ing m

  1. Forming derivatives of masculine nouns with sense of ‘belonging to, son of’.

Swedish[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ing

  1. -ing; making nouns. See also -ning.

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Uzbek[edit]

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Suffix[edit]

-ing (-инг)

  1. second-person singular possessive suffix. Used after a noun ending in a consonant. It has the same meaning as sening (your) placed before a noun.
    Bu kitobing.
    This is your book.

Usage notes[edit]

When directly addressing another person, it is polite to use the plural -ingiz or -ngiz forms.