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Webster 1913 Edition


Looking

Look′ing

,
Adj.
Having a certain look or appearance; – often compounded with adjectives;
as, good
-looking
, grand
-looking
, etc.

Look′ing

,
Noun.
1.
The act of one who looks; a glance.
2.
The manner in which one looks; appearance; countenance; face.
[Obs.]
All dreary was his cheer and his
looking
.
Chaucer.
Looking for
,
anticipation; expectation.
“A certain fearful looking for of judgment.”
Heb. x. 27.

Definition 2021


looking

looking

English

Verb

looking

  1. present participle of look
    • 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.

Derived terms

Noun

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 []
  2. (obsolete) The manner in which one looks; appearance; countenance.
    • Chaucer
      All dreary was his cheer and his looking.

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: nature · answered · thousand · #364: looking · John · hour · air