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What is the ‘-ling’ in darling? (And what is the ‘dar-’ for that matter?)

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    onyxleopard Link
    If anyone is interested in English etymology, I highly recommend etymonline.com. It’s a fantastic etymological dictionary run by a really dedicated guy. Here’s the entry for darling. The ‘dar’...

    If anyone is interested in English etymology, I highly recommend etymonline.com. It’s a fantastic etymological dictionary run by a really dedicated guy.

    Here’s the entry for darling.

    The ‘dar’ stem is from ‘dear’. So, it is, basically “a little dear thing”.

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    1. ThatFanficGuy Link Parent
      My guess for "dar-", before I went in and checked, was "gift". Latin had do, dare, "to give". This Romanic stem didn't quite its way into Germanic languages, I suppose.

      My guess for "dar-", before I went in and checked, was "gift". Latin had do, dare, "to give". This Romanic stem didn't quite its way into Germanic languages, I suppose.

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