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Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English spekinge, spekynge, spekinde, spekende, spekande, spekand, from Old English specende, sprecende (speaking), from Proto-Germanic *sprekandz (speaking), present participle of Proto-Germanic *sprekaną (to speak). Equivalent to speak +‎ -ing. Cognate with Scots speikand, speikin (speaking), Saterland Frisian spreekend (speaking), West Frisian sprekkend (speaking), Dutch sprekend (speaking), German Low German sprekend (speaking), German sprechend (speaking).

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speaking (not comparable)

  1. Used in speaking.
    one's normal speaking voice
  2. Expressive; eloquent.
    The sight was more speaking than any speech could be.
  3. Involving speaking.
    It was her first speaking part: she screamed.
  4. Having the ability of speech.
    speaking parrot; speaking clock
    1. (in compounds) Having competence in a language.
      the English-speaking gentleman gave us directions; I travel in Russian-speaking countries; the French-speaking world listened in to the broadcast
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Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English speking, spekynge, equivalent to speak +‎ -ing.

Noun edit

speaking (plural speakings)

  1. One's ability to communicate vocally in a given language.
    I can read and understand most texts in German, but my speaking is awful.
  2. The act of communicating vocally.
    • 2011, Jimmie W. Greene, Samuel D. Perry, Bridge Builder, page 50:
      Sometimes, a brawl would erupt, as a result, but, in general, public speakings were peaceful events and essential ingredients for election to office.
  3. An oral recitation of e.g. a story.
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See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

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  1. present participle and gerund of speak

Interjection edit


  1. (telephony) Indication that the person requested is the same as the one who is currently speaking.[1]
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  1. ^ Telephoning (Cambridge Dictionary, English Grammar Today), Asking for someone

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