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  • IPA(key): /ˈteɪkɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪkɪŋ


taking (comparative more taking, superlative most taking)

  1. Alluring; attractive.
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, The Church-History of Britain from the Birth of Jesus Christ until the Year M.DC.XLVIII, London: John Williams, “The Tenth Century,” p. 128,[1]
      [] a Proteus-Devil appeared unto him, changing into Shapes, but fixing himself at last into the form of a Fair Woman. Strange, that Satan (so subtil in making his Temptations most taking) should preferre this form []
    • 1793, Charles Dibdin, The Younger Brother, London, for the author, Volume 2, Chapter 9, p. 263,[2]
      His speech from the hustings was very original, and therefore very taking.
    • 1878, Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native, Book 3, Chapter 1,[3]
      “Yes, Paris must be a taking place,” said Humphrey. “Grand shop-winders, trumpets, and drums; and here be we out of doors in all winds and weathers—”
  2. (obsolete) Infectious; contagious.
    • c. 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act II, Scene 4,[4]
      All the stor’d vengeances of heaven fall
      On her ingrateful top! Strike her young bones,
      You taking airs, with lameness!
    • 1647, John Fletcher and Philip Massinger, The False One, Act IV, Scene 3,[5]
      Come not near me,
      For I am yet too taking for your company.



taking (countable and uncountable, plural takings)

  1. The act by which something is taken.
  2. (uncountable) A seizure of someone's goods or possessions.
  3. (uncountable) A state of mental distress, resulting in excited or erratic behavior.
  4. (countable) That which has been gained.
    Count the shop's takings.
  5. (in the plural) The cash or money received (taken) by a shop or other business; receipts.
    Fred was concerned because the takings from his sweetshop had fallen again for the third week.




  1. present participle of take

Derived terms

  • for the taking

See also

  • takings




  1. (Taal Batangas) boy


  • itoy
  • toto
  • totoy
  • tuto

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