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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.

Derived terms

  • takingly
  • takingness



taking (countable and uncountable, plural takings)

  1. The act by which something is taken.
    • 1900, Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood, Chapter 27,p. 290,[6]
      At the taking of the stockade he had distinguished himself greatly by the methodical ferocity of his fighting.
  2. (uncountable) A seizure of someone's goods or possessions.
  3. (uncountable) A state of mental distress, resulting in excited or erratic behavior (in the expression in a taking).
    • 1874, Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd, Chapter 30,[7]
      “And, dear miss, you won’t harry me and storm at me, will you? because you seem to swell so tall as a lion then, and it frightens me! Do you know, I fancy you would be a match for any man when you are in one o’ your takings.”
    • 1970, Mary Stewart, The Crystal Cave, New York: Fawcett Crest, Book 1, Chapter 2, p. 26,[8]
      “[...] there’ll be a beating for someone, by my reckoning, if he’s not there by the time the King’s looking round for him. He’s been in a rare taking since the outriders came in, that I can tell you.”
  4. (in the plural) Cash or money received (by a shop or other business, for example).
    Synonyms: income, receipts
    Fred was concerned because the takings from his sweetshop had fallen again for the third week.
    Count the shop's takings.
    • 1929, Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, London: The Hogarth Press, 1931, Chapter 2, p. 60,[9]
      [...] the woman who keeps the greengrocer’s shop was adding up the day’s takings with her hands in red mittens.
    • 1995, Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, Chapter 12, pp. 554-555,[10]
      The child was not returned to the mother. [...] strangers giving him suck found it easier to display the utter despair in their faces that made for successful begging, whereas if [the mother] had had the pleasure of clasping her little son to her bosom all day, it would have been impossible to keep a spark of joy, however tiny, out of her eyes, which would have adversely affected the takings.




  1. present participle of take




  1. (Taal Batangas) boy


  • itoy
  • toto
  • totoy
  • tuto

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