-ing (?).

1. [For OE. -and, -end, -ind, AS. -ende; akin to Goth. -and-, L. -ant-, -ent-, Gr. .]

A suffix used to from present participles; as, singing, playing.

2. [OE. -ing, AS. -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.

3. [AS. -ing.]

A suffix formerly used to form diminutives; as, lording, farthing.


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