working

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English werking, werkynge, warkynge, worchinge, from Old English wyrcung (working, work), verbal noun of wyrcan (to work), equivalent to work +‎ -ing. Cognate with Scots wirking, warking, Dutch werking, German Wirkung.

Noun[edit]

working (plural workings)

  1. (usually plural) Operation; action.
  2. Method of operation.
  3. Fermentation.
  4. (of bodies of water) Becoming full of a vegetable substance.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From work +‎ -ing. Compare Scots wirkand, werkand, warkand (working), Dutch werkend (working, acting), German wirkend (acting, working).

Verb[edit]

working

  1. Present participle of work.
    Leave him alone; he's working.

Adjective[edit]

working (not comparable)

  1. That is or are functioning.
    a working ventilator
  2. That suffices but requires additional work.
    a working copy of the script
  3. In paid employment.
    working mothers
  4. Of or relating to employment.
    the working week
  5. Enough to allow one to use something.
    a working knowledge of computers
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References[edit]

  • working in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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