[ pol-i-tik-ing ]
/ ˈpɒl ɪˌtɪk ɪŋ /


activity undertaken for political reasons or ends, as campaigning for votes before an election, making speeches, etc., or otherwise promoting oneself or one's policies.

Origin of politicking

1925–30; politic (as v.) + -ing1, respelling to show non-assibilation of -c-

Related forms

non·pol·i·tick·ing, noun

Definition for politicking (2 of 2)


[ pol-i-tik ]
/ ˈpɒl ɪ tɪk /

verb (used without object)

to engage in politicking.

verb (used with object)

to influence, accomplish, or promote by politicking: Somehow he politicked the bill through both houses of Congress.

Origin of politick

1915–20; earlier politic, verbal derivative of politic; later as back formation from politicking

Related forms

out·pol·i·tick, verb (used with object)

Can be confused

politicize politick
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British Dictionary definitions for politicking


/ (ˈpɒlɪˌtɪkɪŋ) /


political activity, esp seeking votes
activity directed towards acquiring power and influence, achieving one's own goals, etc

Derived Forms

politicker, noun
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