Etymologie [ 'y&[ng]-li[ng] ] (noun.) before 12th century. From Middle English, from Old English ġeongling (“a youth”), from Proto-Germanic *jungalingaz (“youngling”), equivalent to young + -ling. Cognate with Dutch jongeling (“a youngster”), German Jüngling (“a youth”), Icelandic unglingur (“teenager, youth”). More at young, -ling.