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-kin

or -kins
suff.
Little one: devilkin.

[Middle English, probably from Middle Dutch -kijn, -kin.]

-kin

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

kin

(kɪn)

n.
1. all of a person's relatives; kindred.
2. a relative or kinsman.
3. a group of persons tracing or claiming descent from a common ancestor, or constituting a family, clan, tribe, or race.
4. someone or something of the same or similar kind.
5. family relationship or kinship.
adj.
6. of the same family; related; akin.
7. of the same kind or nature; having affinity.
Idioms:
of kin, related; akin.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English cyn; c. Old Saxon, Old High German kunni, Old Norse kyn, Gothic kuni; akin to Latin genus, Greek génos, Skt jánas. compare gender1]
kin′less, adj.

-kin

a diminutive suffix of nouns: catkin.
[Middle English < Middle Dutch, Middle Low German -ken]