[ lahy-king ]
See synonyms for liking on
  1. preference, inclination, or favor: to show a liking for privacy.

  2. pleasure or taste: much to his liking.

  1. the state or feeling of a person who likes.

Origin of liking

before 900; Middle English; Old English līcung.See like2, -ing1

Other words for liking

Opposites for liking

Other words from liking

  • o·ver·lik·ing, noun
  • self-liking, adjective, noun
  • un·der·lik·ing, noun

Words Nearby liking Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use liking in a sentence

  • liking for a single colour is a considerably smaller display of mind than an appreciation of the relation of two colours.

    Children's Ways | James Sully
  • Who could have believed that only a fortnight ago these same figures were clean as new pins; smart and well-liking!

  • I did not perceive that they had any great liking to them at first, neither did they seem to admire anything that we had.

  • Well, I am glad, for no more can I. I can't think of her liking for papa and baby and all of us to be left to ourselves.

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
  • His tie with her was slight, her husband, a clergyman, little to his liking; he had not been near them for several years.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood

British Dictionary definitions for liking


/ (ˈlaɪkɪŋ) /

  1. the feeling of a person who likes; fondness

  2. a preference, inclination, or pleasure

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