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English word darling comes from English dear, English -ling, and later Middle English dereling (Darling.).

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Darling detailed word origin explanation

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
dear English (eng) (obsolete) Fierce.. Severe, or severely affected; sore. Dearly; at a high price (obsolete) To endear. A beloved person. A very kind, loving person. (generally, _, dated) High in price; expensive.. (obsolete) Noble.. A formal way to start (often after my) addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly.. A formal way to start (possibly after my) addressing somebody at the beginning of a [...]
-ling English (eng) A suffix forming diminutives with the meanings of:. A follower or resident of what is denoted by the original root or stem.. A small, immature, or miniature version of what is denoted by the main stem. An adverbial suffix denoting manner, direction or position.
dēorling Old English (ang)
dereling Middle English (enm) Darling.
darling English (eng) Dear; cherished.. Charming (by extension) A person or thing very popular with a certain group.. A person who is dear to one.

Words with the same origin as darling

Descendants of dear
nearest