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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Related Words for electioneering

voting, canvassing

Examples from the Web for electioneering

Contemporary Examples of electioneering

Historical Examples of electioneering

  • "Electioneering seems to be telling on you, old lady," I remarked.

  • As you know, electioneering in the States is rather different from what it is here.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • This is why the director was so opposed to the idea of bringing me on the electioneering trip.

    The Nabob

    Alphonse Daudet

  • From the electioneering point of view, I think our journey has been a success.

    The Nabob

    Alphonse Daudet

  • He said he did not want any electioneering about the officers—'log-rolling,' my father calls it.

    The Boat Club

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for electioneering


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 electioneering



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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