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