- The work or life of a monk.
monking (not comparable)
- (obsolete) Monkish.
1849, François Rabelais, Jacob Le Duchat, & John Ozell, The Works of Francis Rabelais - Volume 2, page 233:
- This, said Epistemon, is spoke like a true monk : I mean like a right monking monk, not a bemonked monastical monkling.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- The old coenobitic establishments of England were converted—perverted, rather—into monasteries and other monking receptacles.
1967, Marcel Tetel, Twayne's world authors series, page 41:
- In brief, ere was a true monk if there ever was one since the monking world started monkeying in monkeries.
- Third-person singular simple present indicative form of monk