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.

Nearby words

  1. politicaster,
  2. politician,
  3. politicization,
  4. politicize,
  5. politick,
  6. politico,
  7. politico-,
  8. politics,
  9. politics makes strange bedfellows,
  10. polity

Origin of politicking

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

Related formsnon·pol·i·tick·ing, noun



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

Can be confusedpoliticize politick

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British Dictionary definitions for politicking



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

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Word Origin and History for politicking



1928, from present participle of politic (v.). For the -k-, see picnic.

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