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From Middle English elning, elnung, from Old English ellnung, elnung ‎(encouragement, comfort, consolation, emulation, hot emulation, zeal, envy), from elnian ‎(to emulate, endeavor to be equal, be zealous, strive with zeal after another, make strong, strengthen, comfort oneself, gain strength) (compare Old English ellen ‎(zeal, strength, power, vigor, valor, courage, fortitude, strife, contention)), equivalent to elne +‎ -ing. Cognate with Scots eldning ‎(jealousy).


eldning ‎(plural eldnings)

  1. (rare or Britain dialectal, Scotland) Envy; jealousy; suspicion.