-ing

-ing

Etymology

For Old English -and, -end, -ind, Anglo-Saxon -ende; akin to Gothic -and-, Low -ant-, -ent-, Greek <?>.
  • A suffix used to from present participles; as, singing, playing.

    Etymology

    Old English -ing, Anglo-Saxon -ing, -ung.
  • A suffix used to form nouns from verbs, and signifying the act of; the result of the act; as, riding, dying, feeling. It has also a secondary collective force; as, shipping, clothing.
    ☞ The Old English ending of the present participle and verbal noun became confused, both becoming -ing.

    Etymology

    Anglo-Saxon -ing.
  • A suffix formerly used to form diminutives; as, lording, farthing.