-kin

-kin

a diminutive suffix of nouns: lambkin.

Origin:
Middle English < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German -ken; cognate with German -chen

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-kin
 
suffix forming nouns
small: lambkin
 
[from Middle Dutch, of West Germanic origin; compare German -chen]

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-kin
dim. suffix, first attested mid-13c. in proper names adopted from Flanders and Holland, probably from M.Du. -kin, properly a double-dim., from -k + -in. Equivalent to Ger. -chen.
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