verb (used without object)

to work for the success of a particular candidate, party, ticket, etc., in an election.

Origin of electioneer

First recorded in 1780–90; election + -eer
Related formse·lec·tion·eer·er, noun
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verb (intr)

to be active in a political election or campaign


a person who engages in this activity
Derived Formselectioneering, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for electioneer

1760 (implied in electioneering), from election, probably on model of auctioneer (see auction), as the verb engineer was not yet in use.

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