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  • IPA(key): /ˈfaɪtɪŋ/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English feghtyng, fyȝtynge, fightand, feghtand, feghtande, feightand, feȝtand, viȝtinde, feihtende, from Old English feohtende, from Proto-Germanic *fehtandz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *fehtaną (to comb, struggle, contend with), equivalent to fight +‎ -ing.



  1. Engaged in war or other conflict.
  2. Apt to provoke a fight.
    • 1925 April 11, "Books", in The New Yorker, page 26:
      It seems like a fighting insult, but he explains.
    • 1947, Hold That Lion! (film):
      Them's fighting words in my country!
    • 2003, Marjorie Kelly, The Divine Right of Capital: Dethroning the Corporate Aristocracy, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, →ISBN, page xi:
      Those are fighting words, of course, and the people who presently hold the high ground of economic power in society will not be amused.



  1. present participle and gerund of fight
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English fightyng, fightynge, fiȝtinge, feȝtyng, from Old English fihtung (fighting), equivalent to fight +‎ -ing.


fighting (countable and uncountable, plural fightings)

  1. The act or process of contending; violence or conflict.
  2. A fight or battle; an occasion on which people fight
    • 1613, “The Costlie Whore”, in A Collection Of Old English Plays, Vol. IV.[1]:
      Then here the warres end, here our fightings marde, Yet by your leave Ile stand upon my Guard.
    • 1840, Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History[2]:
      Seid had fallen in the War of Tabuc, the first of Mahomet's fightings with the Greeks.
    • 1860, John Yeardley, Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel[3]:
      A good many soldiers, and some officers, were present; but the expression of our dissent from all wars and fightings had not displeased them, for they shook hands with US most kindly.
Derived terms[edit]
  • Korean: 화이팅 (hwaiting)



Borrowed from Korean 화이팅 (hwaiting) or 파이팅 (paiting), from English fighting.


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  1. (slang) go for it (to put maximum effort into achieving something)