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Etymology 1[edit]

From tithe +‎ -ing[1] or Old English tēoþung or tēoðung, from tēoða (tithe, n.) + -ing (forming patronymics & diminutives) and tēoðian (tithe, v.) + -ung (forming verbal nouns).[2]


tithing (plural tithings)

  1. A tithe or tenth in its various senses, (particularly):
    1. The tithe given as an offering to the church.
    2. The payment of tithes.
    3. The collection of tithes.
  2. (dialectal) Ten sheaves of wheat (originally set up as such for the tithe-proctor).
  3. (historical, law) A body of households (originally a tenth of a hundred or ten households) bound by frankpledge to collective responsibility and punishment for each other's behavior.
  4. (historical, law) A part of the hundred as a rural division of territory.
  5. (obsolete) Decimation: the killing of every tenth person or (less often) the killing of every person except each tenth.
Derived terms[edit]
See also[edit]
  • (oath-bound division of the hundred, adj.): decenary
  • (oath-bound division of the hundred, leader): See tithingman
  • (oath-bound division of the hundred, member): See decenary



  1. present participle of tithe

Etymology 2[edit]

From tithe in the sense deriving from Old English tigþian (to grant, concede).[3]


tithing (plural tithings)

  1. (obsolete) A reward, grant, or concession.


  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1st ed. "tithing, n.2" Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1912.
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1st ed. "tithing, n.1" Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1912.
  3. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1st ed. "† tithe, v.1" Oxford University Press (Oxford), 1912.