See also: Hunting


Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English hunting, from Old English huntung, equivalent to hunt +‎ -ing.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhʌntɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌntɪŋ


hunting (countable and uncountable, plural huntings)

  1. The act of finding and killing a wild animal, either for sport or with the intention of using its parts to make food, clothes, etc.
    • 1797, Encyclopædia Britannica
      His pictures of huntings are particularly admired: the figures and animals of every species being designed with uncommon spirit, nature, and truth.
  2. Looking for something, especially for a job or flat.
  3. (engineering) Fluctuating around a central value without stabilizing.
    • 1961 March, “Talking of trains”, in Trains Illustrated, page 136:
      Bogie hunting is not caused by some sort of periodic disturbance but by dynamic instability; the oscillatory system is not the bogies alone but the complete assembly of bogie-plus-body; and variations in track rigidity do not affect the nature of the motion, only its intensity.
  4. (telephony) The process of determining which of a group of telephone lines will receive a call.

Usage notesEdit

Although hunting is technically a hypernym for fishing, fishing is generally not thought of or consider to be a type of hunting since it involves aquatic animals.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English huntynge, alteration of earlier Middle English huntinde, huntende, huntand, present participle of hunten (to hunt), equivalent to hunt +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of hunt
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 6, in The China Governess[1]:
      Even in an era when individuality in dress is a cult, his clothes were noticeable. He was wearing a hard hat of the low round kind favoured by hunting men, and with it a black duffle-coat lined with white.