Lik"ing, n. 1. The state of being pleasing; a suiting. See On liking, below. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
2. The state of being pleased with, or attracted toward, some thing or person; hence, inclination; desire; pleasure; preference; -- often with for, formerly with to; as, it is an amusement I have no
If the human intellect hath once taken a liking to any doctrine, . . . it draws everything else into harmony with that doctrine, and to its support.Bacon.
3. Appearance; look; figure; state of body as to health or condition.
I shall think the worse of fat men, as long as I have an eye to make difference of men's liking.Shak.
Their young ones are in good liking.Job. xxxix. 4.
On liking, on condition of being pleasing to or suiting; also, on condition of being pleased with; as, to hold a place of service on liking; to engage a servant on liking.
[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
Would he be the degenerate scion of that royal line . . . to be a king on liking and on sufferance?Hazlitt.
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