verb (used without object)

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


Nearby words

  1. elected,
  2. election,
  3. election cake,
  4. election day,
  5. election district,
  6. electioneering,
  7. elective,
  8. elective mutism,
  9. electively,
  10. elector

Origin of electioneer

First recorded in 1780–90; election + -eer

Related formse·lec·tion·eer·er, noun

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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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