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  • IPA(key): /ˈlʊkɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -ʊkɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: look‧ing

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lokinge, lokinde, lokande, lokende, from Old English lōciende, present participle of Old English lōcian (to look), equivalent to look +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle and gerund of look
  2. as the last part of compound adjectives: relating to or having the appearance of.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 5, in Death on the Centre Court:
      By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.
    • 1988 September 12, New York Magazine, page 226:
      Good-Looking, Funny Guy — (Not funny-looking, good guy), 36, Jewish, athletic.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English lokinge, lokunge, from Old English *lōcung (attested in Old English þurhlōcung), equivalent to look +‎ -ing.


looking (plural lookings)

  1. The act of one who looks; a glance.
    • 2005, Felix Driver, Luciana Martins, Tropical Visions in an Age of Empire, page 162:
      A complicated interplay of lookings and viewings is in play. The staging and performance of the photograph, then, is as much the subject of the photograph as the ostensible subjects []


Middle English[edit]


From Old English *lōcung (attested in Old English þurhlōcung).


looking (plural lookings)

  1. The manner in which one looks; appearance; countenance.