AskDefine | Define darling

Dictionary Definition

darling adj : dearly loved [syn: beloved, dear]


1 a special loved one [syn: favorite, favourite, pet, dearie, deary, ducky]
2 an Australian river; tributary of the Murray River [syn: Darling River]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Darling


Alternative spellings


deorling corresponding to dear + -ling.



  1. A person who is dear to one.


person who is dear to one
  • Arabic: حبيب
  • Finnish: rakas
  • Irish: cumann
  • Kurdish: نازدار
  • Spanish: querido, querida


  1. Dear; cherished.

Extensive Definition

=Definition= Darling is a term of endearment of Anglo-Saxon origin, dating pre-900, derived from the Middle English derling and the Old English déorling. It is comprised of the root word dear, and the suffix -ling an English diminutive.
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Darling is a surname, and may refer to:

Historical Figures

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See also

darling in Czech: Darling
darling in German: Darling
darling in French: Darling
darling in Dutch: Darling
darling in Japanese: ダーリング
darling in Polish: Darling
darling in Romanian: Darling (dezambiguizare)
darling in Russian: Дарлинг
darling in Swedish: Darling

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

admired, adorable, adored, alluring, ambrosial, angel, attractive, babe, baby, baby-doll, bairn, beloved, beloved object, bewitching, buttercup, charming, cherished, cherub, chick, chickabiddy, child, chit, cosset, crush, dear, dear one, dearly beloved, deary, delectable, delicious, doll, duck, duckling, enchanting, engaging, esteemed, favorite, fetching, flame, fondling, heavenly, held dear, hon, honey, honey bunch, honey child, idol, innocent, jewel, kid, kitten, lamb, lambkin, light of love, little bugger, little fellow, little guy, little innocent, little one, little tad, little tot, love, loved, loved one, lovely, lover, luscious, lush, matinee idol, minion, mite, nipper, offspring, peewee, pet, petkins, pleasing, popular, precious, precious heart, preference, prized, revered, scrumptious, shaver, snookums, spoiled child, sugar, sweet, sweetheart, sweetie, sweetkins, sweets, tad, tot, treasured, truelove, wee tot, well-beloved, well-liked, white-haired, yummy
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