/ (ˈmeɪkɪŋz) /

pl n
  1. potentials, qualities, or materials: he had the makings of a leader

  2. Also called: rollings slang the tobacco and cigarette paper used for rolling a cigarette

  1. profits; earnings

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How to use makings in a sentence

  • Had he in him the makings of the mere trimmer and politician, in addition to the miserable vanity that had riven him to-day?

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • And do you know, Hilary, there's the makings of a devilish fine woman in Liosha, if one only knew the right way to take her.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • Dinings and sendings of flowers, and evening love-makings—these for the time seemed the main business of Jefferson Barracks.

    The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough
  • I was not in the best of either, but I must have struck him as having "the makings" of I don't quite know what.

  • But Colin had the makings of an angler in him and he was able instinctively to judge the amount of pressure that was needed.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler