• IPA(key): /ˈθɪŋkɪŋ/
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  • Hyphenation: think‧ing
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋkɪŋ
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English thinking, thynkynge, thenkyng, equivalent to think +‎ -ing.


thinking (usually uncountable, plural thinkings)

  1. Thought; gerund of think.
    • 2013 August 3, “The machine of a new soul”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      But how the neurons are organised in these lobes and ganglia remains obscure. Yet this is the level of organisation that does the actual thinking—and is, presumably, the seat of consciousness.
    What is your thinking on this subject?
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English thenkinge, þinkynge, þenkynge, þenchinde, from Old English þenċende, from Proto-Germanic *þankijandz, present participle of *þankijaną (to think), equivalent to think +‎ -ing. Cognate with Dutch denkend (thinking), German denkend (thinking), Swedish tänkande (thinking).



  1. present participle of think
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter V, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
      He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, [] , the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.
    I'm thinking about inventing a new perpetual-motion machine.