-lings

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English -linges, variant (with genitive -es) of Middle English -ling(adverbial suffix), equivalent to -ling +‎ -s. Compare Dutch -lings(adverbial suffix), German -lings.

Suffix[edit]

-lings

  1. (now Britain dialectal) Forming adverbs, generally of condition or situation.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The suffix is a combination of the suffix -ling and the adverb-forming -s.

Suffix[edit]

-lings

  1. Describes a manner in which an action proceeds as defined by root to which it is added, both as adverb and as adjective.
    Hij dook zijdelings weg. — He ducked away sideways.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German -lingen, from Old High German lingūn. The modern form with -s is of Central and Low German origin; compare Middle Low German -linges.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-lings

  1. (rare, not productive) Forms adverbs that describe the manner of an action, particularly a movement.
    bäuchlings — “on one’s belly”
    blindlings — “blindly, hastily, pell-mell”
    rittlings — “astride, sitting on something like on a mount”
    rücklings — “one one’s back”

Usage notes[edit]

  • The suffix was common and productive into early modern German. Most adverbs with it, apart from the four named above, are now archaic.

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