[ dek-ing ]
/ ˈdɛk ɪŋ /


material, as paper or fiberboard, treated in various ways as a waterproof covering for a deck or roof.
material of concrete, asbestos, steel, or the like, in the form of self-supporting flooring or roofing units laid between joists or rafters.

Nearby words

  1. deckel,
  2. decker,
  3. deckhand,
  4. deckhead,
  5. deckhouse,
  6. deckle,
  7. deckle edge,
  8. deckle-edged,
  9. decl.,
  10. declaim

Origin of decking

First recorded in 1525–35; deck + -ing1


[ dek ]
/ dɛk /



Civil Engineering. (of a bridge truss) having a deck or floor upon or above the structure.Compare through(def 22).

verb (used with object)

Origin of deck

1425–75; (noun) late Middle English dekke material for covering < Middle Dutch dec covering, roof; (v.) < Dutch dekken to cover; cognate with German decken; cf. thatch

Related formsun·decked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decking


/ (ˈdɛkɪŋ) /


a wooden deck or platform, esp one in a garden for deckchairs, etc


/ (dɛk) /


verb (tr)

See also deck over

Derived Formsdecker, noun

Word Origin for deck

C15: from Middle Dutch dec a covering; related to thatch

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Word Origin and History for decking
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Idioms and Phrases with decking


In addition to the idiom beginning with deck

  • deck out

also see:

  • clear the decks
  • hit the deck
  • on deck
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