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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English werking, werkynge, warkynge, worchinge, from Old English wyrcung (working, work), verbal noun of wyrcan (to work), equivalent to work +‎ -ing. Cognate with Scots wirking, warking, Dutch werking, German Wirkung.

NounEdit

working (plural workings)

  1. (usually in the plural) Operation; action.
  2. Method of operation.
  3. Fermentation.
  4. (of bodies of water) Becoming full of a vegetable substance.
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Etymology 2Edit

From work +‎ -ing. Compare Scots wirkand, werkand, warkand (working), Dutch werkend (working, acting), German wirkend (acting, working).

VerbEdit

working

  1. present participle of work
    Leave him alone; he's working.

AdjectiveEdit

working (not comparable)

  1. That is or are functioning.
    a working ventilator
  2. That suffices but requires additional work.
    a working copy of the script
  3. In paid employment.
    working mothers
  4. Of or relating to employment.
    the working week
  5. Enough to allow one to use something.
    a working knowledge of computers
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ReferencesEdit

  • working in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911